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Once a Knight is not enough!,
This review is from: Dirty Sexy Knights In Paris (Audio CD)
I like this album! I like it a lot! When lead vocalist Jason Boyd sings "We are the energy...", his rich voice surfing over waves of powerful guitar, I believe him! I don't need any further convincing. The trouble is, this is just track 1! The band then continue with another 11 tracks which back up his statement.
2002 is shaping up to be a pretty good year for albums, with Butch Walker recently releasing his solo album and the likes of SR-71, TSAR and EVE6 all due to release theirs. Those of you more open to the Nu-Breed of melodic rock bands out there may well recieve AUDIOVENT like manner from heaven. Opening track 'The Energy' builds from a slow intro to tear out of the speakers at you, and just when you think you know what to expect the arrangement changes and knocks you off balance. And therein lies the genius of this album. There is a sense of creativity and thought gone into the songwriting process that lifts it head and shoulders above most other current rock releases. In fact it's difficult comparing the album as a whole to another band. Not because there's a unique or original sound here, but because the individual elements just combine so well within such finely crafted, powerful songs.
Highlights are almost too many to count, but on 'Rain' Boyd almost sounds like Hurricane's Jay Schellan. At other times the vocals are reminiscent of Mansun, but throughout the guitar of Ben Einziger is set to stun, laying sheet after sheet of melodic powerchords down, whilst never smothering the song itself. 'Sweet Frustration' slows down the pace, and the album closer, 'When I drown', is an almost acoustic piece. Then it's straight back to track one again. I defy you to play this once and think 'Ah, it's OK!!"
Atlantic have found a gem here. For once a band that sounds like it has the potential to really take on some of the big names and make a dent in the album charts of the world.
For anyone looking for powerful melodic rock songs in a contemporary 2002 style, look no further.
I can't recommend this highy enough.