3 Quarters Dead continues the near 15 yearlong tradition of blending elements from rock and metal music in, “You Can’t Break Me.” Though the musical composition of their latest single is inviting to the ear, the vocals leave much left to be desired.
“You Can’t Break Me,” is about a woman in an abusive relationship who, despite the tumultuousness, consistently tries to change herself to fit her partner’s ideals. The message that 3 Quarters Dead is trying to send is, if you try to conform yourself based on someone else’s idea of who you should be, or who they want you to be, you are not being true to yourself.
As the introduction builds in intensity, you anticipate hearing the next song that will blow out your speakers, as you rock out in your car. Instead, you are met with lead vocalist Jason Sain’s voice, which immediately comes across as whiny and out of tune. The lyrics become almost indiscernible; drowned out by the forced inflection of Sain’s voice.
In a genre where vocals and lyrics are as equally important as musical talent, Sain definitely does this song an injustice. Coupled with the right singer, this song has the potential to become the next big hit. Unfortunately, for 3 Quarters Dead, this song only gets it half right.