Sounds like … anthemic modern rock laced with emo and hardcore, closest in sound to Mae, Fall Out Boy, Anberlin, Taking Back Sunday, The Juliana Theory, and Sanctus Real

At a glance … listeners expecting clear-cut songs about Christian faith may want to pass on The Silver Cord, though there are enough spiritual themes present within the inventive and explosive modern rock to make The Classic Crime a breakout band in 2008

Let's dive in by noting that The Classic Crime began with excellence in 2006. Though the Seattle band has not yet become a household name, they've attracted over 3 million plays at their MySpace page and with 4,000 copies of their impressive 2006 debut Albatross sold in the first week of release, they've had the highest debut sales in the history of Tooth & Nail. So is it fair to say that The Classic Crime could become "the next big thing" with their sophomore effort?

Impossible to predict, but the band have clearly made the effort to improve with The Silver Cord, and rock fans will likely have to stand up and take notice. Mae, Anberlin, Fall Out Boy, Taking Back Sunday—The Classic Crime resembles all of these with just enough performance verve to set them apart. Justin DuQue and Robbie Negrin contribute killer guitar work—including some honest-to-goodness solos—and with a voice that effortlessly alternates between rock, pop, emo, and metal, Matt MacDonald can certainly belt it with the best of them

The overall sound is bigger and more expansive than the previous album, never settling for the formulaic rut that most emo-laced modern rock settles for. "Sing" and "Grave Digging" are certainly in line with the driving modern rock we're accustomed to from such bands, but "5805" instantly ...

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The Silver Cord
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Release Date
July 22, 2008
Tooth and Nail
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