The Frequency annoyed me from the start, not because of their music, it’s their group name and the name of this album “Frequency”. It doesn’t matter how you spell it in the search engines online, use a upper case Q, lower case q, it still gives the same results, articles on the definition of the word and how it’s a musical pitch. I spent too long trying to find info on this band and still came up with nothing but the basic info that says they’re a rock group and with Lakeshore Records. At any rate, once I got past my initial annoyance and started to listen to the album I wasn’t too impressed.
First thing to note is that there are no vocals being used at all in any of the songs. No grunts, yells, or anything that is produced by human vocal chords. This 12-track album is nothing but instrumental rock music. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, in fact I actually like strictly instrumental music at times but not for a whole CD. At some point I would have liked to heard some sort of vocals being used in a song or two. By around the fifth song I was getting a little bored with the music. Each of the songs are being played with a decent amount of energy, with guitar riffs that would go fine in a rock and roll band, but the roll is left out of the rock.
If the breaks between the songs were taken out the 12 tracks would have still sounded the same. I actually really didn’t notice the switch between the songs for most of the album and by the time it had finished I was thinking that battery on my player had died because there’s no way that 12 tracks had finished that quickly. Well, it’s not that they finished quickly, it’s that the songs melted away into the background and I went about reading some articles on the meaning of frequency as a musical pitch instead. It took me having to play the album 3 times to be able to keep focused long enough so I had heard all 12 songs. The Frequency plays well enough, their style reminds me of what some bands sound like when they get into the groove of just the sound of their music and go into this long instrumental part. Only problem is they never come out of it and when it’s over it felt like I was given a tease of some music and then it was taken away.