What Was Done, Vol. I

An Album By

The Classic Crime

Review by

Listen now

When you play the same songs 200 days a year, you’ll start to spice it up with new riffs, chords and lyrics, sometimes ones you wish you could have added to the original. The Classic Crime gets that chance. To celebrate their tenth anniversary as a band, they reinvented ten of their most well-known songs from each of the band’s four albums and rerecorded them for release, What Was Done, Vol. I.

Some of the tracks are moderately different (“God and Drugs”), but most sound like they were simply rerecorded with an acoustic guitar, percussion and a few string sections.

Don’t expect anything out of the ordinary here. Adhering to the original isn’t a bad thing, though; in fact, most of the songs sound just as good as they did as their previous releases. “Vegabonds” turns into an enjoyable acoustic sing-along. “Salt in the Snow” turns into a lovely ballad. “All the Memories,” a standout track, transforms a relatively underappreciated pop-rock song from their debut album into an incredible mixture of gentle melancholy and dreamy piano melodies.
Having each song stripped down gives each member of the band their own chance to shine. Most notable is drummer Paul “Skip” Erickson who is given a more noticeable role in the reworked versions of “You and Me Both” and “My Name.” Comparing the drums on the original versions of those two tracks show a clear progression in his talent.

If you have ever enjoyed The Classic Crime to any degree, pick up this album. Almost every track carries a similar tempo and mood, but they give a terrific retrospective of the band’s previous decade of history. The soft musings of What Was Done, Vol. I: A Decade Revisited beats a generic “best of” album any day.

Features

Neck Deep

The Pop-Punk Silver Lining

"I would hope from all of this madness we will come out of it and we're better equipped to understand and have compassion for each other." Releasing a new album during an historical epoch is certainly unique, and, for Neck Deep's 'All Distortions are Intentional,' the band looks to the future with a hopeful – and, yes, unique – approach.

By

Full Feature
Bert McCracken of The Used Photo by Aaron Berkshire

Let's Get to the Heart of Things

"Music is our everything; we live and die for it. It’s our way to be human, so making songs that make that deep human connection is really important for The Used." In a new age of releasing music in a socially-distanced world, Bert McCracken and The Used face the challenge of human connection when physical connection is taboo. HM contributing writer Andrew Voigt dives in with McCracken about The Used's new album, Heartwork, his absence on social media, and why 2020 will be the year of rice.

By

Photo by Aaron Berkshire

Full Feature
Loose Talk

The Blackened Blues

With Anberlin putting a hold on its career, two of its members – Christian McAlhaney and Deon Rexroat – weren't ready to put on hold on music as their careers. Now, their former side project – a "blackened blues" rock and roll outfit – has become their main gig.

By

Full Feature
Righteous Vendetta

Not Dead... Yet

After canning the entire album in 2015, Righteous Vendetta is ready to release 'Not Dead Yet' and prove they're still thriving. We recently got to sit down with Ryan Hayes, vocalist of Righteous Vendetta, to discuss the band's upcoming album, life in the Mountain West, and how the pandemic has him venturing into country music songwriting.

By

Full Feature
All Features