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Elliot Minor - An amazing album,
This review is from: Elliot Minor (Audio CD)
I first heard 'The White One Is Evil' on a friend's iPod, and was immediately caught by the intense layers of music and the really catchy lyrics; also the sheer energy of the song that made me want to dance to this song that I didn't know the words to.
When I got the CD, I immediately listened to it, and loved every single track. Initially, I had my doubts about 'Lucky Star', but I warmed to the song, after I realised that the lyrics were actually quite decent, and the shift in tempo moved the track forwards.
The orchestra-woven 'Time After Time' is a fabulous introduction, and 'Parallel Worlds' explodes on the listener with all its supernatually good force. You actually feel like you're in the attic room with Ed and Alex, and all the weird happenings. The instrumental can be skipped, but it leads perfectly into the absolute stunner, 'The White One Is Evil'. The album takes a more acoustic turn with 'Liar Is You', a beautiful, riveting track with some amazing harmonies. 'Lucky Star' is like the Marmite track - love it or hate it. 'Jessica' is a delicious guitar-driven, upbeat track, with some nice bass and drums coming through. 'The Broken Minor' is right up there with the singles and deserves a round of applause. It's one of the songs on the album that aren't about relationships gone wrong. 'Still Figuring Out' is an uplifting track that makes you want to sing along and dance, almost as catchy as TWOIE. From that, you are lead into an impossibly rich, deep 'Silently', which echoes memories of rainy days. You're then taken into 'Running Away', which is another dancy song that will have you singing along in infectious E Minor style. After that, there's the beautiful and highly thoughtful 'Last Call To New York City', where Ed and Alex's harmonies are delivered to utter perfection.
This is a massive achievement for a first album, and considering that these guys are so young, phenomenal. Listen carefully for the harmonies of Ed and Alex's voices, which compliment each other flawlessly. You'll fall in love with the blend of classical and rock music and for a long time, Elliot Minor will be the band that you've played the most on your mp3 or computer.
CD highlights are: TWOIE, Parallel Worlds, Jessica, The Broken Minor, Still Figuring Out, Silently, Running Away, Last Call To NYC, practically the whole album! (I also whole-heartedly suggest listening to all the demos you can find, because they're just as loveable as the songs on the album.) The band have started work on their second album.
This is a great purchase for fans of most genres, and appeals to a wide audience. Spread the word of Elliot Minor, and support the boys from York!
I would like to add to my review that I saw Elliot Minor live last night, and they were absolutely incredible! Their album is altogether too clean, too sterile and doesn't deliver the full energy that the band have to offer. The keyboard and drums are also much more prominent and it's a fabulous listening experience, if you will brave the crush of people! If you're having any doubts about Elliot Minor, just see them live - the ticket prices are really reasonable and the support acts were good as well. Their "Discover" tour has just ended in the UK, but hopefully they'll be back on tour soon. The title of their latest single is Discover (Why The Love Hurts) and a 50 second acoustic clip is available to be heard on their myspace. It's coming out in January.
Don't give up on Elliot Minor, they've still got a lot to offer.