A touching goodbye to a childhood friend from the Staten Island group
Cymbals Eat Guitars’ third album sees lead singer Joseph D’Agostino work through the death of childhood friend Ben High. His sense of anger is immediate, with both ‘Warning’ and ‘XR’ providing early highlights. The frontman has said that he feels alienated from modern rock music and hopes that ‘Lose’ will prove essential. ‘Child Bride’ goes closest to reaching his lofty aim, showing a slower and more delicate side to the record, it heralds a more versatile and eclectic second half. While the album may not fully scale D’Agostino’s high bar, in attempting to make that leap Cymbals Eat Guitars have made their best album to date as well as a touching goodbye to a friend.