Different people have different requirements that a “good” album has to meet. Is there such a thing as a “bad” album? Happy Days said it best — “Now, the world don’t move to the beat of just one drum/What might be right for you, may not be right for some.”

Chance of Fate is a highly produced, radio-ready, pop-rock album. Is it bad or poorly made? No, it’s very well-constructed and the band is capable and plays their relaxed, dreamy, contemplative songs with aplomb. The problem with this album is that the tone never changes. Once you adapt to the style The Olympic Symphonium starts with, you aren’t jarred out of your listening lull for a single track.

That doesn’t mean that all the tracks are bad. “Weak at the Knees,” “Predictor” and “Seize the Day” are three of the stronger tracks that hit the right balance between contemplative, emotional and engaging. In fact, that has to be the biggest problem with Chance of Fate — it just doesn’t engage the listener enough.

By Kraig Brachman


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