4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Very good debut,
By A Customer
This review is from: Start With A Strong And Persistent Desire (Audio CD)
Start With a Strong and Persistent Desire oozes quality, which is perhaps a little unusual for a debut album. None of the tracks could be classed as filler, they're all great in their own right; Your CD player skip-forward control will not be needed!
Tracks that are very likely to immediately grab your attention include the single Can't Smile, a great combination of emotional vocals, good riffs and some superfast drumming, and (another single) Itch, which is slightly slower and heavier, but no less emotional than Can't Smile. Other instantly accessible tracks include the title track, Clone Jesus and The Closest.
Thankfully, there's a little depth in here too. Some tracks are decidedly deceptive at first. Dermo sounds like the obligatory "slow and quiet" track on the album, until it gets about a minute in and suddenly kicks into some weird sounding (but very pleasing) hybrid of fast rock and techno, complete with some cool sounding effects. Untitled follows a similar pattern, although remains at a slower pace and doesn't get so heavily into the techno side of things.
Some of the tracks take a few listens to get into, but I always find that's the case with good albums. In my case, Sleep Does Nothing For You and Cause And Solution both took a while to sink in, but now I like them plenty.
Perhaps the real beauty of this album lies in the fact that each song really does sound different, or maybe it's because there doesn't seem to be any weak link in the band: the drumming is particularly good, different to a lot of standard rock/metal fare; the vocals can move from slow, quiet melody to angry screams in an instant; the bass and guitars churn out some powerful riffage, and all sound pleasantly fuzzy. Even the production sounds spot on - not underdone (perhaps like some bands, although sometimes a lack of production can add a certain something), but yet not overdone either (for example, like some Mansun stuff).
There have been a lot of very impressive debut albums from UK bands lately - Lostprophets, Cooper Temple Clause, Crackout, Biffy Clyro to name but a few - but, despite all of those being great, I think this album just pips them to first place, in my opinion at least. And don't get me wrong, I loved all of the aforementioned albums...
Here's hoping that Vex Red get the attention they deserve, and don't just disappear into obscurity. I, for one, can't wait to see them live.