Wonder What's Next

Wonder What's Next

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by Chevelle
     
 

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The title of the sophomore Chevelle disc is actually an apt question, as those following the group through the Chicago underground pondered what group would do on a sophomore disc that came with major-label backing and a move from noise-mensch Steve Albini to star-maker Garth

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The title of the sophomore Chevelle disc is actually an apt question, as those following the group through the Chicago underground pondered what group would do on a sophomore disc that came with major-label backing and a move from noise-mensch Steve Albini to star-maker Garth Richardson at the production helm. However, any concerns they might have had are quickly allayed and, by the time the disc is over, forgotten about completely. The trio still reminds you of Tool, but unlike the cloning taking place by the unskilled likes of Earshot, Chevelle take the best part of Tool -- the melodrama and occasional nods to Maynard Keenan's vocal style -- and remove the pretension that the prog-metallers are often found to be indulging in. Chevelle than apply what is left within an indie rock mindset that comes through in spite of the slick production that, try as it might, doesn't allow Wonder What's Next to mimic what's on the radio. This doesn't mean that the disc is lacking good songs; quite the opposite, actually: "The Red," the first single, is a pulsating, emotional track built around a nifty bass riff and an excellent chorus; "Comfortable Liar" settles nicely into a post-Sabbath chug complete with superb percussion, and "Closure" is a power ballad that arm-wrestles between power and ballad with no clear winner, save for the listener. Chevelle managed to retain its credibility yet still put out 11 tracks that, while still catchy, offer uniqueness not often heard in more commercial fare, no mean feat.

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Release Date:
10/08/2002
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998615724
catalogNumber:
86157

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Wonder What's Next 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chevelle's sophmore release 'Wonder What's Next' does what very few thought possible. Look the dread sophmore curse in the face and make it back down. And for a band like Chevelle, whose debut album 'Point #1' was not only critically aclaimed, but also heralded as being proof there is not just hope but promise for the next generation of metal, beating the curse solidifies them as the band to watch out for! The lead off track 'The Red' has become a staple on channels like 'Much Music' and is in heavy rotation on rock radio stations across the country. Throw in a slot on rock's premire tour Ozzfest and the fuse is definatly lit. To be a straight ahead metal band in a market infused with as many turntables as guitars is no easy feat, but the three brothers of Chevelle are making a pretty successful go at it. 'Wonder' is a record full of hard hitting riffs packed atop rib cracking drums and some of the grittiest screams you'll ever hear. The record is geared more toward meaty, crunchy sounds than complex solos or showing off, which makes 'Wonder What's Next' a must have for heavy music fans.
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I've only heard 'The Red' and 'Send the Pain Below' all the way through but it was more than enough to make me want this cd... both of those songs are just awsome!... they're able to control how hard or soft their songs get without it sounding forced... if that makes sense...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chevelle, unknowingly, took my "sound-like-Tool" challenge. My challenge is not sarcastic; I truly desire more Tool-like tracks for my collection. I have spent hours going through mp3.com's "similar artists," but the outcome was always disappointing. This band is awesome overall, but the biggest mistake is overly yelling with some of the vocals which ruins half of the tracks. Then I don't understand "One Lonely Visitor" ... they should have just eliminated that track completely. Here is the break down on Chevelle's second album: "Family System" **** is a super soft-to-hard-to-soft-to-hard song except for yelling vocals at the end. "Comfortable Liar" *** is a nice ambient rock-chunk track (yelling at the end again ruins it). "Send the Pain Below" **** is like a fun ride in the car with the windows down (and doing a smiling 180 in the middle). "Closure" ***** is a true Toolish thump (you feel them awakening). "The Red" ***** is one of the best songs of the year -- I was fooled -- I thought this was actually Tool when I first heard it (never a bad thing). The bass rift is so amazing ... I feel like jumping in The Matrix and have 4 minutes of bullet time. "Wonder What's Next" *** tries too hard, but it is good to mosh to. "Don't Fake This" **** is a catchy kitty and is a relaxing yet heavy tune. "Forfeit" *** is a metal dish served with sweet gravey. "Grab Thy Hand" ** tries to be catchy, but you find yourself waiting for something more -- waiting for yelling . "Evening with el Diablo" ***** is pumping great metal -- vocals are great and loud with no yelling. "One Lonely Visitor" (zero stars) the worst track I've heard all year -- it's not anything. This band has talent and potential to be in the ranks with Tool/A Perfect Circle if they fix their yelling mistake and delete any useless song.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just heard The Red on the radio and it kicked! I checked up on the Cd and comfortable liar is awesome
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had heard the song "The Red" on the radio several times and loved it, but, as is always the case with buying a new CD from a band you've only heard one song from, was hesitant to buy the CD cuz I didn't know what it would be like...sure, I could've gone to Media Play and listened to it first, but I don't ever take the time to do that! Well anyway, it was definitely worth the risk of blindly spending $15...ALL the songs are AWESOME!!! I have had the CD for about a month now, and it hasn't left my CD player yet! You know those CDs that you can just listen to all the way through, and you don't have to always be switching to the songs you like, avoiding the ones you don't like? This is DEFINITELY a listen-to-all-the-way-through CD! I am just mad that I didn't pay more attention to them when they came to the X96 show here in SLC (they played "The Red" last, and that was when I realized who it was up on the stage playing!).
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think Chevelle is great, not only are they an amazing band but they are good looking as well. I highly recommend this cd.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like this cd because a lot of their songs have the best guitar and they area really cool band
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is absolutely amazing. Period. A huge stride for Disturbed, Saliva, TRUST*Co, SYstem of a Down, etc. fans. You turn on the CD and the first thing you here is soft guitar and Pete's voice actually singing. Not what you expect. For you heavy rockers, you say "Yeah Right!" You are about to skip track when all of a sudden the electric guitar comes blasting in! The lyrics are good, the guitar infectious and the beats are addictive. The singing is great. Pete actually sings which is then followed by fits of screaming rage! My favorite track is the title track "Wonder What's Next." This is a great song with heavy guitar and awesome vocals. A DEFINITE MUST HAVE FOR ALL
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chevelle has made music. I mean it doesn't get much better than this. The first starting listening to Chevelle about a year ago (early 2002). I heard their song "The red" from a friend that had downloaded the song from the internet. As soon as I heard the song I knew that Chevelle would be one of my favorite bands. A couple weeks later I got their cd and it rocks. I would recommend everyone to buy the cd. Pete sings with so much passion. When you see them live it is even more special then when you're in your room with music blarring. Joe plays some of the best bass riff's I've heard in my life. You can't forget Sam that definately makes the music with his drums. Altogether this band just rocks. I also got a chance to talk to them while they were at the Jimmy Kimmel show and they are some of the funniest most coolest guys I've met. Hopefully they will come out with a new album as soon as possible...I wonder what's next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
w0ndr wats nekst is the best CD ever. I luv CLOSURE!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
the first time i heard chevelle, i fell in love with their sound. the beats, the guitars, and the voices all worked together so well that listeners will end up hypnotized by the rhythm and tapping to the bass
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd rocks my socks off i love chevelle i wonder whats next for them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
one of my favorite bands. its a shame no one has really heard of them. when people do theyll be huge \m/
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is so melodic and hypnotising. The songs kind of match the events of things people feel in everyday life. You can make your own meaning out of any song. I know they're a christian band and they don't use profanity or anything like that but the lyrics and they're voices seem to seep all the way to the soul. Awesome huh? They are my favorite rock band and even though a lot of people hasn't heard of them they are still very moving and i think anyone can like they're music. Chevelle has definitely struck a chord in my heart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd is in the top selectionof my cd collection.if you even sligtly like tool this is an awsome clean alternative.
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