Number One Gun- "The North Pole Project"

By Nate IVM on January-27-2008 | Filed under Reviews | Share

Number One Gun- "The North Pole Project"
4.0 (3 votes)

Artist: Number One Gun

Album: The North Pole Project

Street Date: 1/15/08

1. The Massacre
2. Million
3. The Best of You and Me
4. Wake Me Up
5. Bad Habits
6. I’ll Find You
7. Thank You Ending
8. Find Your Escape
9. The Different Ones
10. This Holiday

Rating: 6/10

Summary:

Let’s be honest here. We all thought Number One Gun was dead and gone for a while. And for those fans who fear such, redemption was brought with the announcement of the old band coming back. Well… kinda. In some strange twists, and even sometimes confusing turns, we learned that this “band” wasn’t the same as before. This confusion might have even brought a few flashbacks of a similar situation a few years ago (yes, I am speaking of the whole Watashi Wa/Eagar Seas thing). But with all that aside, an album finally submerged out of the band- or “project” if you will. Now the question is this: How does Jeff Schneeweis’ new project hold really up?
Here’s the play by play. The album starts off with the hardest track on the CD, The Massacre. It actually proves to be a great intro. A strong beat starts off the beginning until Jeff’s strong vocals lead the way with most of the song. The next song Million is another popular song that hosts a growing amount of synths and pianos, while still keeping its poppy sound. The chorus is also a catchy one. Best of You and Me becomes the climax of the synths, as he sings a slow song to change things up a bit. From here on, unfortunately, songs seem to blend together. While Wake Me Up has become the apparent single for the band (thanks to the new music video), it slowly becomes something too simple and bland. All this despite attempting to make the song one of the most upbeat tracks on the album. Another honorable mention, Thank You Ending brings some acoustic guitars in the backdrop along with the typical pop beat. Along with some cool piano and vocals effects, it makes out for a good listen. The Different Ones strips down the music to straight acoustic. Jeff again attempts to bring it down a bit and take advantage of this being his own solo project. The North Pole Project ends with The Holiday as Schneeweis, one again, pulls a more upbeat acoustic number, that doesn’t quite make it as a steller “album ender”.

All-in-all, this album was a decent rebound from a band that had already called it quits. But the fact is, it wasn’t quite the hit that Schneeweis was looking for. Despite the lyrical value, and props for actually making this happen, its just an average listen that offers little replay value. The few great songs have a hard time holding up the rest of the “average” album.

Rating: 6/10

Number One Gun- "The North Pole Project", 4.0 out of 5 based on 3 ratings

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9 Responses to 'Number One Gun- "The North Pole Project"'

  1. RJ says:

    I agree completely on this review. Not a huge fan of the cd.

  2. Klon_Re says:

    Yeah good review, but the more I listen to it, the more I get to like the secound half of the cd, but it is not spectacular as you said.

  3. The Headless Horseman says:

    Agh. I was going to write a review tomorrow. I’ve been bested.

    I think I’ll probably disagree, based on how I felt about Promises… and the demos, but the review was pretty good. It was a little too song-by-song for me, though. If you can focus on aspects of the band rather than just listing stuff about songs for a paragraph, I think you could make reviews a little less dry and more captivating. Just a thought.

  4. Nate says:

    I think you mean, aspects of the album if I’m not mistaken. Cause if you want to know about the band just wiki them. I just feel like song by song is a good way to review it without actuall giving the CD to everyone to try themselves. I see it this way: at the end I told you how I felt about the CD, and in the middle I explained and gave detailed explanation as to why I felt that way, hence the song by song. That’s just the way I like to do it.

    So I don’t know exactly what you mean, but if you could expand on that I guess, that would be cool. Even though I have my own way of writing them I can’t say I’m totally against hearing other techniques. ;)

    … Man that was a lot to type ony iPod… Ha

  5. trenton says:

    I knew it was going to be a matter of time when someone was going to compare this situation to the infamous Watashi Wa/Eager Seas/Lakes problem!

  6. Brandon says:

    Thanks for the review Nate. I don’t own this yet so I can accurately state my opinions on it. It wasn’t one of my top priorities of albums to buy.

  7. Nate says:

    No problem, Brandon. I’ve been due for a review or a while now. I owe it to you guys. ha.

    And ya Trenton, good call on that one. ;)

  8. The Headless Horseman says:

    Hey, definitely cool if you like that writing style. In that case, though, I would advise that you put quotes around the song titles. It would make the review easier to read.

  9. Nate says:

    ya. If done that usually, but this time around for some reason i used bold and italics, and wordpress can be dumb sometimes, cause didnt do alot of them. But ya, quotes only next time. Good call.

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