Rise Against: The Black Market

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2014
The Black Market draws a little bit of folk influence which the band seem to have picked up when they did a tribute cover of Bob Dylan’s “The Ballad of Hollis Brown”. I think it is due to this influence that this album doesn’t seem to have much of an edge or aggression as some of the bands past work has. The songs on this album are more melodic but still have the instrumental backing that gives this sort of edge. The Bob Dylan influence is noticeable in the poetic nature of these songs. There are brief moments of aggression but they are done quickly and much less abrasive than in the past. This can be heard on the first track The Great Die Off  as it builds to a peak around the 3 minute mark. The aggression is definitely toned down a notch from what the band has done in the past. If your not hearing the Dylan influences throughout the album it will all click when you get to the acoustic and heart tugging track People Live Here near the end.
1. The Great Die-Off   5 stars
2. I Don’t Want to Be Here Anymore   5 stars
3. Tragedy + Time   5 stars
4. The Black Market   4 stars
5. The Eco-Terrorist In Me   4.5 stars
6. Sudden Life   4 stars
7. A Beautiful Indifference   4 stars
8. Methadone   5 stars
9. Zero Visibility   4.5 stars
10. Awake Too Long   4 stars
11. People Live Here   5 stars
12. Bridges   5 stars
Grade: 91.67 (A-)
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