Synthlines that are merely stitched together, with a mixture of clean and screamed vocals, are to blame for a 49-minute adventure that bends the limits of a good flowing piece, at the high cost of lasting effect. With tracks that would feel at home in an anthology of post-hardcore, a catalog of dance, or as the backdrop for a chase scene in an episode of Phineas & Ferb, Breathe Carolina's Hello Fascination is a nugget in the land of variety. Many of the tracks swap catchiness for assortment, making for an interesting, but far from enduring entry in the electronic/dance directory.
Few songs stood out from the pack, but the tracks that did were phenomenal. The title track's guitar part, mixed with an electronic aura builds up to a chorus that never really climaxes, yet does the song justice with serene, clean vocals, mashed up in a flurry of screamo and dance concord. A cool breakdown lacks clear direction with overpowering synths and an uttered bridge, but bellowed cries amid the final seconds cement the tune in a laser-sealed, neon coffin. "I.D.G.A.F." is a chief case of music penned specifically to rouse a need to shout along from a listener irate with the outside world. A seemingly offbeat synthline with an ambitious augmentation, "I.D.G.A.F." (an acronym for "I don't give a" … … … friend?) is without doubt the climax of the album in atmospheric terms. An auto-tuned chorus can stir a bit of trouble in an effort to sing along, but the identifying lyrics are prominent. The daring conglomeration warrants a more enthusiastic bridge, but is quite inconspicuous, prior to a final synthline and chorus that feel entirely tacked on primarily to lengthen the final product.
"I Have to Go Return Some Video Tapes," an homage to a Christian Bale line in the movie "American Psycho," only lacks a catchy chorus in the effort to beseech the listener. A bridge redolent of Chiodos' Craig Owens' vocal stylings and a polished mix of screaming and singing successfully set this track apart from its predecessors.
With an absence of any tracks worth sharing among friends, it's no surprise that Hello Fascination saw minimal chart success, only reaching #43 on the Billboard 200. The tracks often lack mixing critical to the listening process, but can throw the listener from their chair in a heartbeat with the sometimes - emphasis on sometimes - transcendent melodies and monotonous dance beats. Stick to these singles and steer clear from "The Dressing Room" on Tap Tap Revenge 3, and you may very well be able to consider yourself a fan.