The sad thing about the fourth Crazy Town single, "Revolving Door", is the fact that, after the enormous success of the song "Butterfly," a smooth, immensely catchy pop ditty, the band seems to concentrate on its light side -- which, as a full listen to the album THE GIFT OF GAME quickly shows, is not exactly representative of the band's sound. On the album, heavy songs prevail, with the occasional soft song thrown in for good measure; however, the first two singles, "Toxic" and "Darkside", both fine exponents of the nu-metal genre, were largely ignored, and thus the band seems stuck to ballads. While these songs provide a good counterbalance on the album, a quick comparison of "Butterfly" and "Revolving Door" show just how similar the songs actually are. Just like its predecessor, "Revolving Door" features a soft, looped guitar lick and smooth beats, and displays the same relaxed mood. Whereas "Revolving Door" is not a bad song by any means, it too closely resembles "Butterfly" to be a real standout. The CD single features a remix by Jay Gordon of Orgy, the "Astro American Mix," which manages to be much better than the original: A great guitar riff, futuristic synth sounds, and a much more interesting rhythmic pattern make this version a winner, especially for repeated listening. The second bonus track is a live version of "Butterfly," which only serves as a reminder to avoid possible Crazy Town live albums: The smooth flow of the original gets totally lost, and the vocal delivery is extremely monotonous. Furthermore, a video of "Revolving Door" is included, directed by Gregory Dark, which is a nice bonus, even though the clip is not that good. There are dozens of gorgous women to be seen, but the video itself is somewhat silly, and listening to these guys is much more pleasant than actually seeing them.




This review was written for the All-Music Guide.

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Christian Genzel

Christian Genzel arbeitet als freier Autor und Filmschaffender. Sein erster Spielfilm DIE MUSE, ein Psychothriller mit Thomas Limpinsel und Henriette Müller, handelte von einem Schriftsteller, der eine junge Frau entführt, weil er sie als Inspiration für sein Buch braucht. Außerdem drehte Genzel mehrere Kurzfilme, darunter SCHLAFLOS, eine 40-minütige Liebeserklärung an die Musik mit Maximilian Simonischek und Stefan Murr. Derzeit entwickelt er seinen zweiten Spielfilm BROT UND SPIELE, eine Komödie mit Thomas Limpinsel, Götz Otto und Steffen Wink über alte Kindsköpfe und noch ältere Computerspiele, und dreht eine Dokumentation über den Filmemacher Howard Ziehm.

Christian Genzel schreibt außerdem in den Bereichen Film, TV und Musik, unter anderem für GMX, den All-Music Guide, das 35-Millimeter-Filmmagazin und Film & TV Kameramann. Außerdem hält er Vorträge zu Filmthemen und kuratierte 2014 an der Universität Salzburg eine Filmreihe zum Thema "Erster Weltkrieg".

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