||The Sophomore album, "Life," for
the Nu-Metal band Dope
shows what Edsel Dope once said. He was talking about making an album
for all of the hard rock fans. This album touches on the heaviness
of Slipknot sometimes, and at other times more of a quiet sound like
Stained. Overall the band sounds like they have matured over the last
few years of being on the road. Its amazing sometimes how the road
can pull a band together. The majority of the songs on this CD are
at least decent. My favorite songs include "Take Your Best Shot,"
"Now or Never," "Stop," "Die MF Die,"
"March of Hope," and the hidden track "You're Full
of Shit." All songs have a different feeling, whether it's a
favorite of mine, just depends what mood I'm in. "Life"
has a total of thirteen tracks, plus the hidden one I mentioned, for
a total of forty-five minutes, plenty of time to thrash around the
house once or twice. Dope's approach of writing songs about everyday
emotion, feelings and issues may have started the band in the correct
direction. After hearing this album, it has brought me to a new respect
for the band, more then I once had.