CD Review: Egypt Central - "White Rabbit"
Yes, White Rabbit is Egypt Central’s second album, and while there’s always the possibility of running into the dreaded sophomore slump, these Memphis transplants do enough on their latest long player to avoid the afore mentioned slump.
If you’re at all familiar with the bands self titled debut, then you already have a pretty firm grasp of what to expect out of White Rabbit. This is definitely a record with two faces. And, as in most cases, one face is good, while the other, is not. One face of White Rabbit packs a punch, showcasing Egypt Central as a band in possession of some quality melodic rock chops (“Ghost Town,” “White Rabbit,” “Down in Flames”), but the other face of this album isn’t pretty, in fact, it’s fairly ugly. White Rabbit’s other face shows a band copping plays from Puddle of Mudd’s playbook, often coming far too sonically close for comfort (“Goodnight,” “Change,” “Enemy Inside (Part 2)”), with the latter sounding like a tune picked off Puddle of Mudd’s cutting room floor, though it’s a song about kicking a cocaine habit, a topic far too edgy for the boys in POM. It’s not quite a letter written to cocaine like Crossfade’s “Dear Cocaine,” but it’s an endearing, perhaps even relatable, track. The back-to-back tandem of deep album cuts “Dying to Enter” and “Surrender” sends White Rabbit out on a high note, a duo of tunes that should help leave a satisfying taste in listeners mouths.
White Rabbit is formulaic, yes, but it’s a record that, for the most part, has Egypt Central sounding like a band finding their place. Suffice to say, White Rabbit is better when it puts its melodic hard rock face on, and if the band would have allocated more room for these types of songs, then White Rabbit would have benefitted immensely.
Go Download: “Ghost Town”