December 7, 2013
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December 6, 2013
One thing I really like about the album is the experimentation with the sound. This is still very much the sound you've come to know from The Republic Of Wolves, but it’s mixed with some more light-hearted catchy material. There are a lot more moods found on No Matter How Narrow than the bands debut and it makes for a more well rounded listening experience.
"Spare Key" is a song the band released early for stream and I think it's a great representation of a little of the experimentation the band has done with the sound. It definitely stands out on the album. Lyrically it's fantastic. Even with the experimentation of sound the band hasn't abandoned the sound that you've come to enjoy from their releases. "Arithmetic On The Frontier" features a sound more similar to that found on Varuna. The vocals are really well done on the song and are definitely one of my favorite things about the song.
Varuna was a huge statement album that the band could live up to the hype. No Matter How Narrow is an even bigger statement in my opinion. In my opinion it's a better album than the debut. It's creative, catchy, interesting, and it's rare. It's rare that bands release albums this good. This album will have no problem finding it's way onto my best of list this year. Pick this one up because you won't be disappointed.
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Schematic may not be Mae, but it features a similar sound while incorporating new elements and sounds. If you were ever a Mae fan you should find it pretty easy to get into this project. One thing I really can't deny about the album is that the songs are extremely well written and well constructed. The instrumentation is awesome and the little electronic elements and strings sprinkled throughout the album add so much to the overall sound, vibe, and feel of the album. Elkins has never sounded better vocally. He has such a stand out voice and you can't deny his talent. The production is perfectly matched to the music and it is mixed really well.
It's hard to pick a favorite from the album because I like quite a few songs. If I had to pick a song I'd recommend checking out "I Am The Car" because it’s a great song. It's a really catchy song and I like the vocals and instrumentation a lot. "Senseless Charades" is really cool as well. The vocals on the song are awesomely performed and the guitar work is fantastic. To me the song harkens back to what I really liked about mid-late 90s alternative rock. "Where's The Soul" may be one of the better representations of the album. This song has a little bit of everything the album has to offer. It's soft, heavy, and experimental throughout the entire song. It's a really neat song and I'd say after you listen to it you should have a pretty good idea of the type of album Color(n.) Inside The Lines is.
Schematic's Color(n.) Inside The Lines is just a really great album. It has that really great pop feel. It sounds sun-shiny if that's possible (haha). It's got enough of the alternative rock vibe to give some of the songs a nice crunch though. I'd really recommend this to anyone who enjoys pop/alternative rock. If you are a fan of Mae this is the ultimate must have. It's the album you may have been waiting for years to hear. I wouldn't miss out on this one; it's an essential album to check out this year.
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You can purchase the single on the band's official bandcamp page: HERE.
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