Head for the Door (Virgin Records)
By: Mike SOS
Major label rock usually takes a bad rap, and for the most part, for good reason, as talent and taste are usually substituted for style and trend. The Exies fall prey to this formula to a certain degree on the outfit's latest release, the 12-track Head for the Door, yet the huge sounding output that booms out of the speakers thanks to the masterful production of Nick Raskulinecz almost washes away this realization. The drums and guitars on tracks like "What You Deserve" and "Hey You" are enormous, and almost help you lose track of the fact that The Exies sound like a cross between Hoobastank, Puddle of Mudd, and The Vines. But, with songs like "F.S.O.S." and "Dear Enemy" leering around the bend, post grunge anxiety settles in quick, and The Exies cannot escape the unfortunate fate of being second rate no matter how huge sounding the guitars are.
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