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THE SHORT SPIN

“Recoil” by Nonpoint

By Jon Santiago

Recoil

Nonpoint

Lava Records

Aug. 3, 2004

Nonpoint’s latest effort, “Recoil,” is an impressive integration of raw, aggressive energy and soothing melodies. Formed in 1997 in Southern Florida, Nonpoint (Elias Soriano, Robb Rivera, Andrew Goldman, KB Daniels) has a constantly evolving sound, avoiding the nu-metal cliche yet remaining just narrowly outside the mainstream.

“Recoil” is by far the most mature of their three albums (Development, 2002; Statement; 2000; Struggle; 1997), yet still contains strong remnants of the explosiveness that made them an underground cult phenomena in their early days in Florida. The content of Nonpoint’s lyrics has also matured to cover social and political issues. Their first single, “The Truth” is an ominous exploration of our power structure and those who stand to gain by public manipulation. “Done it Anyway,” captures the frustration of a generation of youth who have been left behind. “I’m on the side with Guns,” questions the tendency to scapegoat the poor in inner cities for all the country’s problems.

Nonpoint also experiments quite a deal on this record, deciding to do a cover of Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight.” That, and the song “Rabia,” (written in Spanish by Elias Soriano and Robb Rivera, both Puerto Rican natives), are welcome surprises on the album, demonstrating the band’s diverse range of influences. While by no means revolutionary, this is a solid album, a welcome break from the pop-rock, pop-punk that dominates the airwaves. This album is highly recommended to anyone interested in following the progression of modern rock in its unadulterated form.