Mindset - _A Bullet for Cinderella_
(Noise Records, 1999)
by: Adrian Bromley (8.5 out of 10)
Visions of the amazing, yet now sadly defunct, Boston band Only Living Witness come highly into focus within the first few moments of _A Bullet for Cinderella_, Mindset's truly cool sophomore effort. Losing the rap/rock angle jutted into their previous effort, the new record flows nicely, with an abundance of killer hooks and utterly amazing choruses. This is a good record that shines alone on the direct notion that the band aimed to keep things simple yet rockin' this time out. With just enough anger and angst to fuel the material, _ABfC_ kicks a serious groove for the majority of the record, a record that moves in such a simple fashion, though never really showcases a dull moment. Singer Roddy Lane has quite a memorable vocal style, keeping things at bay one moment and the next returning a ferociously volleyed scream of anguish. Killer vocals and an interesting array of guitar and rhythm work is turned in from the rest of the quartet. Standout tracks are: "Laugh", "Sorry" and "W.B.P.M.". If any band had a second chance to do something worth listening to, then this is it. The band's debut was mediocre. This is truly a gem for those who like their rock meaty and melodic.

(article published 14/3/1999)


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