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Candlebox - Disappearing In Airports smallDisappearing In Airports is a unique release for Candlebox. The group had to replace two of their founding members, which leaves Kevin Martin (vocals) as the only original member. Considering how Martin wrote a large portion of the record, Disappearing In Airports is his album almost as much as the band’s. With that said, Candlebox seems to be going through an experimental phase with this release, and like any experiment, there are bound to be both failures and successes. However, each song differs from the other, so Disappearing In Airports is mixed bag of good and boring with everything in between.

Starting with the highlights of the album, I’ve Got A Gun is one of the best songs on the album and definitely the most controversial (it’s about gun control, if the name wasn’t a dead giveaway). God’s Gift is another good song and both songs are on the heavier side. Candlebox is at their best when they’re passionate and angry, because the emotion and enthusiasm carries over much better.

That isn’t to say the slower and less angry songs aren’t solid. Alive At Last and The Bridge start off slowly, but pick up their pace at the end and has some great solos that stand out among the record. Only Because Of You has a nice indie vibe to it that works quite well. Supernova is very radio-friendly, but not obnoxious. However, they’re not quite on the same level as the faster, more energetic songs.

Sadly, some songs are painfully generic and mediocre. While Vexatious has a decent rhythm and verses, the song falls apart when the chorus comes around. It’s overly simplistic and, at the same time, not catchy enough. I Want It Back doesn’t even have those high points. It’s unimpressive both instrumentally and vocally. The song sounds like something that would come out of a Protestant church band (minus the heavy-handed Christian lyrics) and probably should have been replaced with the Keep On Waiting (the digital bonus track).

While it’s commendable for Candlebox to experiment with their sound, there’s a handful of songs that hold the album back or, at the very least, add nothing. Candlebox fans will find plenty to enjoy, but for those people who only know Far Behind, there most likely won’t be enough to impress outside of the few gems on Disappearing in Airports.

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