Decyfer Down "Scarecrow"
by Kelcey Wixtrom ( on 2013-08-25 12:27:56

It’s been 4 years since Decyfer Down’s last project, "Crash". This stretch has allowed bassist and lead vocalist TJ Harris to become settled in his role as front man. "Scarecrow" has many of the elements that drew fans to "Crash", such as memorable riffs, huge vocal ranges, and dark, heavy guitars. New Decyfer Down fans will also be happy to discover a heavier rock album that stays away from screamo.

Some of the album’s best tracks include “Scarecrow”, “Say Hello”, and “So in Love.” The title track is a satirical look at empty Christians who refuse to see the hurting around them. Like scarecrows, the “outsiders” can see through empty, loveless rituals and want nothing to do with them. “Say Hello” points out the hurt and agony of loved ones caught in destructive behavior. “So in Love” ends the album on a more hopeful note. It’s an honest confession of love for Jesus, despite failures and weaknesses. One line declares, “To live for You is to know just who I am.”

From a technical standpoint, the album is short. Is has only 10 tracks, and very few of the songs are longer than 2 verses and a chorus. Some of the songs lean toward repetitious, but the memorable, catchy guitar riffs and solos usually make up for this. At times, the lyrics can be hard to understand, but in a world of trite pop tunes, this is a welcome change. Take the time to actually listen to this album, and you may find the songs resonating with you!

Rating: 3 out of 5

Genre: Rock
Label: Fair Trade
Release Date: August 27, 2013
Buy it: Amazon - iTunes

1 Memory 3:12
2 Westboro 2:55
3 Worst Enemy 2:49
4 Say Hello 3:02
5 Bleeding Lines 4:18
6 Fight To Win 3:11
7 Scarecrow 3:52
8 The River 4:01
9 Some Things Never Change 3:21
10 So In Love 3:36


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