FLOTSAM AND JETSAM — Drift

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3.18 | 11 ratings | 2 reviews
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Album · 1995

Tracklist

1. Me (3:17)
2. Empty Air (3:49)
3. Pick a Window (3:47)
4. 12 Year Old With a Gun (3:29)
5. Missing (5:56)
6. Blindside (3:35)
7. Remember (3:45)
8. Destructive Signs (4:54)
9. Smoked Out (6:07)
10. Poet's Tell (3:56)

Total Time: 42:38

2008 Metal Mind Re-release Bonus Tracks:
11. Destructive Signs (radio edit)
12. Fairies wear Boots
13. Smoked Out (radio edit)

Line-up/Musicians

- Kelly David-Smith / drums
- Edward Carlson / guitars
- Eric A.K. / vocals
- Jason Ward / bass guitar
- Michael Gilbert / guitars

About this release

MCA, April 25, 1995.

Thanks to Unitron for the updates

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UMUR
"Drift" is the 5th full-length studio album by US thrash/heavy metal act Flotsam and Jetsam. The album was released through MCA Records in April 1995. It´s the successor to "Cuatro" from 1992 and features the same five-piece lineup who recorded the predecessor. MCA Records signed Flotsam and Jetsam in 1989 because the label thought they could create another Metallica success story, but the big breakthrough never happened and "Drift" was the third and last Flotsam and Jetsam album released through MCA Records, before the band returned to their old label Metal Blade Records for the release of "High (1997)".

All stars were aligned for Flotsam and Jetsam to make it big in the early nineties with their melodic heavy/thrash metal style, which isn´t far removed from the style of music played post-1990 by contemporaries like Anthrax, Megadeth, and of course Metallica. It´s fans of the least thrashy output by those artists that is the target group of "Drift". A full alignment of stars isn´t always equal to commercial success though, and Flotsam and Jetsam just never made it. They´ve kept busy though, releasing albums and touring, and have had an underground following throughout their career, so even though they´ve had a couple of breaks here and there, Flotsam and Jetsam never folded and soldiered on in spite of their limited commercial success.

"Drift" is obviously an album MCA Records put some money into making a success, as it features a professional and very well sounding production. Flotsam and Jetsam are skilled musicians and they also know a thing or two about writing catchy and powerful heavy metal songs, and as a result the material on the 10 track, 42:38 minutes long album, are well written and memorable. Lead vocalist Eric A.K. is the icing on the cake, with his strong voice and distinct sounding delivery. He is a world-class singer and proves it once again on "Drift".

When all the praise is said about the band and the overall quality of "Drift", it´s still short of being excellent in my book. Not completely unlike how I felt about the last couple of releases. It all sounds a little safe and formulaic, and although all tracks are instantly catchy and memorable, they still lack that last songwriting quality to propel them to the premier league of heavy metal songs. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

Members reviews

1967/ 1976
Not the best Flotsam And Jetsam album. But because this is a Thrash album. In my point of view this is a strange mix between Thrash Metal Bay Area style (dominant) and Power Metal. And if I see this album in Power Metal field I see an innovative album. I see, also, a strange insertion of Alternative and Grunge but in too border line, also because this album is from 1995. In general "Drift" is a good album to listen to in a car, because easy to listen to, with good song (not for songwriting) and good interpretations.

But if you search the real Bay Area Thrash style in Flotsam And Jetsam music this isn't a good album.

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