THE BLACK MARIA
A SHARED HISTORY OF TRAGEDY
Canada's The Black Maria underwent a lineup change, ditching its drummer and ex-Grade guitarist Kyle Bishop and come up sounding radio ready and prim and proper. Taking their schmaltzy somber rock somewhere between Staind and Finger Eleven, this 11-track disc should hit big with the set that digs rock songs you'll hear on the NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL MUSIC compilations. Tracks like the shimmering” Van Gogh" and the uber-synthesized "Waking Up With Wolves" have been meticulously produced to bilk hard-earned dollars from the parent's of sensitive punk rocker's wallets everywhere, while the pedestrian rock stance displayed on "A Thief in the Ranks (Your Bike)" vies 30 Seconds to Mars for overwrought rock anthem of the year. Piano heavy, laden with cascading moodiness, and able to explode into a huge chorus at moment's notice, A SHARED HISTORY OF TRAGEDY fits right in with what's hip and happening for the MTV2 generation.