Pros-A unique electronic/acoustic feel
-Claudio Sanchez's voice is always welcomed as far as I am concerned
-Tells the story of the Prize Fighter Inferno
Cons-Some songs kind of feel bland
-Some lyrical content is kind of goofy (yes, I am looking at you "Wayne Andrews, The Old Bee Keeper"
Full ReviewThe Prize Figher Inferno is the unique side project by Claudio Sanchez (of Coheed and Cambria fame), which is generally more light, acoustic, and electronic in comparison to his other musical works. Fans of Coheed and Cambria were enthralled when they heard that Claudio Sanchez would be releasing additional musical material outside of his primary band, yet still within the concept of his overarching, science fiction tale of love and tragedy. For those who are unaware, a concept album is an album that tells a story through the usage of music (and oftentimes additional imagery). Coheed and Cambria have been noted as "a more graphic Star Wars", and that is not far from the truth. All of the Coheed and Cambria albums focus primarily on two main characters (Coheed and Cambria). The Prize Fighter Inferno slightly breaks away from this primary plot line to explain the story of Jesse: The Prize Fighter Inferno.
My Brother's Blood Machine is an album that consists of twelve high quality tracks. Granted a majority of these songs are nothing you would hear from Coheed and Cambria's progressive mainstream rock, they are still intriguing and listenable all the same.
As stated earlier, much of this album focuses on electronic sounds and acoustic guitars. In truth, this album is probably best suited for those who enjoy folk music and electronica. The music is unique in the sense that these two genres are mixed together, but it does have the tendencies to feel a little stale after a while. Still, there are many musical pleasures to be found. Songs like "A Death in the Family", "The Margretville Dance", "Who Watches the Watchmen?", and "The Missing McCloud Boys" are all stand out songs in my book. They all have their own unique atmospheres, some of them being rather quiet and borderline ambient; while others have qualities that make them very accessible and single worthy (namely "Who Watches the Watchmen?").
Lyrically this album is typical of Claudio Sanchez's lyrical style. Most of the lyrics are very top notch and add to the album extensively. Claudio's vocals then bring them to life.
Moving away from the musical qualities of this album, the listener is left with the physical album which is interesting in terms of its presentation. I was presently surprised to open the album and find that all of the lyrics are written on the back of high quality tarrot cards. Frequently albums these days seem to lack significantly in the physical area, in such a way that I may avoid buying an album altogether (definitly at full price) if I am not getting the "full package." While the music itself is worth a lot, there is no reason to go spend twenty dollars at a music store for nothing more that album artwork and a disk. With iTunes so readily available on virtually any computer, physical albums have much competition with mp3 files. The Prize Fighter Inferno really pushes the music industry to wake up and begin adding things to albums to make them more appealing.
Ultimately, there is little to say about the Prize Fighter Inferno; though I desire to say a lot. You see, the music presented is rather difficult to express in words. I would personally recommend checking out the music online (such as on myspace), and determine if you like the sound enough to buy the full length album.
In ClosingI would recommend picking up this album, though perhaps not at full price.