Eye To Eye - Feel
- Artist: Eye To Eye
- Album: Feel
- Label: Music for the Mind
- Year of Release: 2012
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- Reviewed by: mark_morton on 2012-08-31
For those of you playing the home game, Eye To Eye is The Krista Parrish Trio reborn...or simply renamed, most likely to better express a full-band contribution. While it is true that the previous album, Playing With Pendulums was marked largely by Parrish's intense guitar work and vivacious vocal performance, Feel prevails with enhanced musicality and better band coagulation. Thick, funky bass riffs and verbose percussive statements (a la Stewart Copeland) act as the beefy, technical playground for Parrish's sparkling personality.
"Everything," the album's first single and video, although seemingly designed with the "radio-friendly" mindset, still manages to encapsulate everything great about Eye To Eye. And the best thing about it is that it features a wordless chorus that still makes you want to sing-along! The simple structure and pureness of emotional spirit makes the song ideal for a rom-com or a sit-com.
"I Wanna Know" bears a bright, fun-in-the-sun atmosphere, and you can almost feel the sand between your toes when listening to it. It is impossible to listen to Parrish's voice and not feel good. Once you are exposed to her music, it is as though you can now see the world through rose-tinted glasses.
The traditional folk element that pretty much defined Playing With Pendulums froths forth on "Pretty Feeling," where the guitar takes center stage. However the genre entrenchment is made a bit more ambiguous by the addition of militaristic percussion and a rollicking bass lick.
Probably the most surprising song on Feel is the disco-tinged title track, wherein Parrish summons her inner Diana Ross - all in the name of fun, of course.
I think the true spirit of Eye To Eye is the thrill of romance and the youthful vigor that springs forth in every song. It is all about living for today without fear of consequence.
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