November 15, 2002

Test Spin: Trapt

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Trapt is the perfect name for the self-titled disc from this California rock band. They seem trapped in the same sound as practically every other rock act out right now. The first track, “Headstrong” is horrendously loud and completely lacking in substance. Other songs like “Stories” sound like the obligatory soft acoustic ballad that rock groups tend to include on their albums these days. The guitars are adequate and the drums have character, as opposed to the crashing symbols of so many other bands. “Hollowman,” about a life void of meaning — “No part of your life is true” — along with “New Beginning” and the temperate love song, “Echo,” are hints of Trapt’s potential. “The Game,” which tells of a cold soul afraid of heartbreak, sounds a lot like Hoobastank, and “Enigma” is jarring with lead singer Chris Brown screaming, “Don’t be the one to let go.”

Trapt could be an extremely good band if they’d only find their own sound instead of trying to be the formulaic rock group that’s popular to the masses at the moment. One thing that did upset me about the CD had nothing to do with the music itself but with the explicit lyrics label it received. The way an album that uses four letter words exactly twice can get the same advisory label as another that has countless obscenities never ceases to amaze me.

Archived article by Sophia Asare