Keep Telling Myself It's Alright

Keep Telling Myself It's Alright

by Ashes Divide


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As could be expected for one of the founding members of A Perfect Circle, Billy Howerdel's debut album, Keep Telling Myself It's Alright, is a suitably ambitious and artistic work that mixes pensive lyrics with equally melancholy melodies. Unfortunately, it is also a decidedly hit or miss affair, alternating between aggression and melancholy in a mix that doesn't always work. The lack of cohesion makes it feel as though Howerdel is reaching for something undefined with this album, but he doesn't quite make it there. Instead, he settles comfortably into a brooding, moody sound that is indebted to his former project by way of grinding guitars and anguished vocals, but does more to showcase his musical skills instead of a sense of emotion or depth. Not that this is an entirely bad thing -- though he does employ the help of guest musicians on a few songs, Howerdel sings and plays nearly all the instruments on Keep Telling Myself It's Alright, and while there aren't any virtuoso performances, his ability to create such an atmospheric work is impressive. This talent is at its strongest on "The Stone," where Howerdel juxtaposes pensive verses with an impassioned chorus and powerful (but not overwhelming) guitar riffs. Given that, it's a mystery as to why the song appears so late in the album preceded by the likes of the bland "Defamed" or overeager "Enemies." By relegating his more powerful pieces to the back of Keep Telling Myself It's Alright in favor of more inconsistent opening tracks, Howerdel makes the entire album feel somewhat shallow and emotionally static. Instead of exploring new territory, he seems content in revisiting old successes.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/08/2008
Label: Island
UPC: 0602517618459
catalogNumber: 001077002
Rank: 43651

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ashes Divide   Primary Artist
Josh Freese   Drums
Billy Howerdel   Vocals
Devo Keenan   Cello
Dean Sainz   Drums

Technical Credits

Johnette Napolitano   Composer,Vocal Producer
J. Peter Robinson   Art Direction
Danny Lohner   Programming,Producer
Doug Joswick   Package Production
Arthur Spivak   Management
Matt Skiba   Vocal Producer
Billy Howerdel   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Art Direction,Instrumentation
Paz Lenchantin   Composer
Paul Resta   Marketing
Kevin Llewellyn   Artwork,Art Direction
Eric Pascavage   Management

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Keep Telling Myself It's Alright 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first 8 tracks are pretty dull and boring. The songs are very forgettable and not intriguing to the listener. It's just a very lifeless album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Billy Howerdel found a way to make good music without Maynard James Keenen. However, Ashes Divide isn't as good as A Perfect Circle, but they are still better than anyone else played on the radio. The only thing that disappoints me about Ashes Divide is that they are touring with the talentless Linkin Park.
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