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Well, no, in my opinion. Cold is the most well-known Crossfade song, actually. And that doesn't mean it's good. Truthfully, it's rather mediocre. Apart from being completely blown out of the water by Invincible, a song with a similar core subject, a fair few of the other songs on the self-entitled Album, Crossfade, outclass it.
Vocals: Here's where I think Cold succeeds fairly well. Ed's voice is very forceful, and it sounds good in almost every song he sings. Cold is no different. The sonorous sound often produced by Crossfade reverberates loud and proud in this song. I could take points off for lack of originality, in that regard, but it's a good sound, and I've liked the Album for it. However, what I feel brings down the vocals in Cold is that Ed really never takes any chances in this song. It sounds pretty nice, but it gets tiring after a few listens; there's nothing that really keeps you listening over and over again, in short. A 7/10, I'd say.
Lyrics: I dunno what it was, but these lyrics just didn't appeal to me a whole lot. They just seemed....contrived, sadly. It seemed like Crossfade spent more time on the idea of the song itself than the way to express it. The lyrics are pretty good, as Crossfade's always are, but this just seemed like the low end to me. 6/10.
Instruments: Here's where Cold really excels. From 1:45 to 2:11, the music really takes you for a spin, starting out soft and hardly noticeable, and then picking up with some ear-pleasing distortion effects. From there on, the vocal work and instrumental work seems to pick up, rising to a nice crescendo and going out with something of a bang. The instrumental work before 1:45 is nice; the band has a good handle on what they're doing with each melody they churn out, Cold included. However, before 1:45, there's not a lot really worth mentioning. It's nice, but it doesn't quite have that spark. However, I seriously enjoyed the latter half of the song, so I'm going to give Instruments an 8/10.
21/30 = 7/10.
7/10. Cold is, in my opinion, a slightly above average song. I have no particular problem with it, except for the fact that it became the first single off of Crossfade(and the only one, unless I'm missing something). If I had to choose, No Giving Up, Colors, or Starless would've made better choices for Singles. Each of them is incredible in its own way.
Cold is a good song, like many of Crossfade's, but I don't see why it became as popular as it did. Had I not known of Cold's elevated position prior to becoming a Crossfade fanatic, I would've assumed it was on the same level as So Far Away or Dead Skin; just there, for random people to enjoy. But no, it's a Single....Oh well. Invincible is Crossfade's newest Single, and I have to say, it's fully deserving of that status; it's a great song, and though it repeats the basic message of Cold, it has its own identity and its own sound. Go Invincible =D
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