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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
The resurrected Helmet pits a growlier Page Hamilton against a new rhythm section, but that's about the only change. Size Matters stutters just like the old days, and favors skewed melodies that, even if they're a little slower or more layered, still sound like New York City in 1990. "Crashing Foreign Cars," for example, could be part two of Strap It On's "Blacktop." There's Hamilton-branded guitar freakery here -- check the bleating car horn intro to "Enemies" -- and opener "Smart" is as economic as metal derivation is going to get in the new millennium, when the genre's dominated by bombast and ridiculously compressed electric guitars. Ex-Rob Zombie drummer John ...
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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
The resurrected Helmet pits a growlier Page Hamilton against a new rhythm section, but that's about the only change. Size Matters stutters just like the old days, and favors skewed melodies that, even if they're a little slower or more layered, still sound like New York City in 1990. "Crashing Foreign Cars," for example, could be part two of Strap It On's "Blacktop." There's Hamilton-branded guitar freakery here -- check the bleating car horn intro to "Enemies" -- and opener "Smart" is as economic as metal derivation is going to get in the new millennium, when the genre's dominated by bombast and ridiculously compressed electric guitars. Ex-Rob Zombie drummer John Tempesta gets credit for his precision snare and deliberate pacing. And yet, despite its throwback sound, Size Matters starts to run together. Middle-range tempos emphasize the slow-motion roar of Hamilton's guitar, but tracks like "Drug Lord" and "Unwound" also begin to plod at that meter. It's like they lose interest after introducing the huge part. "Everybody Loves You" is stronger, and "Last Breath"'s crunch and altered tempos are knife sharp and cool. "Speak and Spell" is another highlight. Size Matters emphasizes for the bloated alt-metal elite what it means to have craft and a little self-control. It isn't necessarily memorable, but as an exercise in measured, even artistic rage, it's classic Hamilton.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/5/2004
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 602498629840
  • Catalog Number: 000296802

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Smart (3:44)
  2. 2 Crashing Foreign Cars (2:31)
  3. 3 See You Dead (3:47)
  4. 4 Drug Lord (3:23)
  5. 5 Enemies (5:00)
  6. 6 Unwound (4:12)
  7. 7 Everybody Loves You (3:26)
  8. 8 Surgery (3:14)
  9. 9 Speak and Spell (3:31)
  10. 10 Throwing Punches (3:44)
  11. 11 Last Breath (3:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Helmet Primary Artist
Frank Bello Bass Guitar
Page Hamilton Guitar, Vocals
John Tempesta Drums
Chris Traynor Guitar, Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Jay Baumgardner Producer
Charles Clouser Composer, Producer
Page Hamilton Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Ted Jensen Mastering
Robert Fisher Art Direction
Ryan Boesch Engineer
Mark Renk Engineer, Vocal Producer
Forrester Savell Digital Editing
Charlie Clouser Audio Production
Chris Holmes Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not the same but great to have page back

    Definitely can tell the absence of Stanier and Bogdan in the sound, but there fill ins are more than competent. Different sound on this album but still got the catchy riffs and droning bass drive like previous efforts. 'Smart' (about getting pissed and scamming chicks((who think there better than everyone else til you get them home)) is one of the best openers to an album and one of my favourite track 1's. It's hard to put your finger on what's different about the album, you could say it's a little softer. But in saying that it's still helmet and they've still got their own sound. Lot of critics don't like this album. It's not overall their best album, but some awesome tracks and THEY'RE BACK!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not bad

    SIZE MATTERS is a good effort from an exceptional artist. Not Helmet's best work but certainly better than most music coming out right now. One obvious negative is that this album lacks drummer John Stanier and bassist Henry Bogdan. Although Tempesta and Traynor are excellent musicians, they don't have the unique, raw quality that Bogdan and Stanier had. Still worth buying !!

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