Week's Worst: Breathe Electric

By Chris Parker
Add Comment Add Comment | Comments: 4 | Posted Apr. 13, 2010

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Like mad scientists distilling the worst elements of Owl City, the Secret Handshake and Chris Carrabba into a neurotoxin to wreak their vengeance on the world, Breathe Electric are the musical equivalent of Jim Jones’ Koolaid without the merciful relief. Blandly derivative overwrought saccharine, if it doesn’t kill brain cells, it surely causes cancer. Their burbling indie-tronic melodies simper like a wounded animal, as vocoder-addicted auteur Grant Harris whimpers. With misanthropy this ingrained, Harris could benefit from Kurt Cobain’s home marksmanship course. Otherwise buy this guy some big boy pants, and pull the thumb from his mouth. Not that he lacks self-awareness, just shame, acknowledging on his track “The Average” a willingness to “continue writing all these shitty lame love songs that I hate. It’s becoming real clear that I have no talent.” As they say in AA, admitting you have a problem is the first step.

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1. Anonymous said... on Apr 26, 2010 at 09:25PM

“I disagree with every word you published. If you've seen them live, you'd give them much more credit. And if you have seen them live, and then wrote this, you're a depressing person. They are full of energy and are wonderful people, and in my opinion, sound much better live than on their cd.”

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2. Anonymous said... on Aug 20, 2010 at 03:23PM

“THIS IS HORRIBLE. Breathe Electric is a great band, wonderful people, and they're amazing in concert.
God, Grant works hard to make all his fans happy. He does everything by himself and I give him props to that. He can sing really well, have you heard them live or the acoustics of their song?
Breathe Electric is a wonderful band and I disagree to every word you said.”

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3. Lauren <3 said... on Mar 26, 2011 at 11:01PM

“this is all a lie Breathe Electric is one of the best bands i know. He is amazing and i love him to death he has a ton of talent!”

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4. Lauren <3 said... on Mar 26, 2011 at 11:02PM

“.... and Owl City is great also!”


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