Evans Blue - The Melody and the Energetic Nature of Volume
Every so often an album comes along with the perfect title. Evans Blue cracked onto just about every radio station across the United States late last year (2005) with their lead single "Cold (But I'm Still Here)". The moment I heard this track -almost like a flinch reaction- the volume dial took a twist in the upward direction, and I was immediately impressed. Its interesting how things happen as I later came to find out the record is named "The Melody and the Energetic Nature of Volume" But is this record really worth its title?
"Beg" is softened by a slow drum intro, eventually comes along and vibrates the ground you walk in several swings. The guitars are smooth and simple, but in the most melodic and edgy way known to radio today. You begin to get an idea for the sound that Evans Blue will be shooting for THROUGHOUT THE DISC. The rhythms are nothing new to a music industry that is so bogged down in roller-coaster like melodies and changes, but there's just something that separates these guys from the norm. For example Cold (But I'm Still Here), wreaks of a Tool sound. That shadowy blend of barely stroked guitar chords lead the verse.
A good portion of the disc is more of the Hard Rock sound, and less of the Pop Rock. So you've got the hit Cold (But I'm Still Here), and the soon to be hit Beg, but what else is here? Lots of potential. Sure there's some other tracks here that make me flinch towards the volume button, but not for very long as I'm left with a generic taste at times. That's not to say I haven't been burning out this CD, I guess I'm stuck between awe struck and status quo.
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