52 Minutes – Take Away the Morning

52 Minutes
Take Away the Morning

The music industry has always been a very competitive market, even more so in the more popular genres, and the gross over-compensation from 52 Minutes and their contemporaries is a painful reflection of the ugly truth created by a genre so flooded that it is now a still and stagnant ocean of facsimiles.

Unfortunately for this Canadian five-piece, the inability to write entertaining music and be talented artists cannot be blamed on a sterile marketplace. During the beginning of the title track, they only offered a miniscule hope for being an interesting outfit, but once resident cry baby AJ Huffman opened his mouth, all hope was certainly lost. Featured on six tracks of makeshift melody and failed harmony, his voice recalls the irritating friction of a dog clawing its way inside through the back door, when it really should be under the porch dying next to the horse that 52 Minutes beat to death.

Upon exploring the track listing, I noticed that Take Away the Morning featured six different tracks, but upon listening to it I was confused because I heard the first song six times. Every song was a complete replica of the last, all featuring the same structure, break downs, etc. There was nothing special here, nothing to dispel the mediocrity of this amateur recording. When analyzing the lyrics of Take Away the Morning, we find the same scene in absolutely every track. Whether it be the sonic malfunction of “Time Heals Nothing” or the disappointment of the thought provokingly titled “Friends Forever,” all the songs described at least one person crying and then another leaving or going away. It is frightening how many times the same words and sentences are recycled. Adding to the failed lyricism, this record is fraught with grade-school rhyming and elementary lines.

Strictly instrumentally, there is a mild, extremely diminutive possibility for short-lived commercial success on an independent circuit. 52 Minutes are looking for 15 seconds of fame, but with a monotonous and insufficient effort produced for a rapidly declining scene, this is definitely the last time we will hear of 52 Minutes. Thanks for the coaster.