All the artists are doing it these days; it’s a sort of trend. Kid Rock lost his vicious wit, Linkin Park did a complete 180 after their fantastically raw “Minutes to Midnight” by releasing the over-processed and tame “A Thousand Suns,” Godsmack took a massive chill pill and now Seether has jumped onto the bandwagon.
The only difference is, Seether somehow takes the “refined” trend and blends it with harder-style tracks in a way that makes it their own, but more importantly, that makes it work.
“Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray” is an album that sounds like it contradicts itself. It starts out in true Seether form with track “Fur Cue,” which is loud and angry. It is sarcastic and accusing; an audio attack on the audience that is a combination of blame and anger.
“No Resolution” is another angry track that is mostly hard and similar to older releases, but after giving fans these two heavy tracks of audio-candy (jawbreakers though they may be), the album slows down with “Here and Now,” which sports a chorus with vocals very similar to those in Shinedown songs. The musical composition is also strikingly similar to Shinedown releases. The “Shinedown trend” continues with tracks “Master of Disaster” and “Fade Out.”
Seether surprised fans with their first single from the album, “Country Song.” While not actually a country song, the song was named for its country-style guitar riffs and use of tambourines. It’s a fun and gritty fusion of hard rock and country elements that almost shouldn’t work together, but somehow do.
All things considered, Seether was brave by releasing “Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray.” The music on the album doesn’t fit together as far as musical style is concerned, they seemingly imitate another band for multiple tracks and they jumped on the potentially career-breaking bandwagon of refining their sound and slowing it down. Not to mention selling out.
Fortunately, despite all that, the band sounds amazing, and it’s clear that they transformed themselves for the album while trying to stick to their roots. How long that will last, however, is anyone’s guess.