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  • i would really give this CD 3 1/2 stars but can’t…

    I have never heard their first CD, but this album is a great collection of depressing rock songs. The album starts off really strong, but after track 6 things start to get weaker. The first half od the CD is definitley the high light here, tracks like Wait, Tongue-Tied and Someone make this band recgnized as their own… while some other tracks seem just a little to familiar to other bands.

    This is one to check out

    Posted on November 14, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Without a doubt, I am completely in love with this album. In my 40+ years of intense devotion to Rock & Roll listening, living and agonizing over, this record takes front and center for 2004. Last year, Evanescence stole my heart, and rightfully won a pair of Grammys. This year had better be the Grammy year for Earshot, or I’ll be pissed. The production of this album is gorgeous. The guitar tone is deep and rich, the drumming is exciting. And the vocals really sing to me. I love the character in Wil Martin’s voice. And the lyrics are absolute poetry. This is one of those addictive albums that you cannot take out of your CD changer. The music on this record just sticks to your ribs. It reverberates in your mind. It speaks volumes for a lifetime of pain and disappointment. And for all of my life’s experiences, I too just want to thank you for all the tears I’ve cried.

    Posted on November 14, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • It’s hard to avoid the Tool comparisons when talking about Earshot. The style of guitar playing and Wil Martin’s vocals at specific points do call to mind one band fronted by Maynard James Keenan, and it’s easy for people to write Earshot off as a wannabe Tool clone, but to do so would be ignorant. Tool’s superior musical ability aside, Earshot is quite obviously shooting for radio-friendly hard rock in the same vein as Soil or Stereomud, and in that light, Earshot does well. Tracks like Wait, Down, and Control are melodically catchy and heavy at the same time, and the album as a whole does a great job of keeping the listener entertained. There is the unfortunate problem of sameness among tracks, but it never becomes a serious problem, perhaps due to a combination of the skill of the band and the fast pace of the album. The band members know their strengths, and never seem to excess, instead choosing to keep each song as short and tight as possible. The one deviation from the heavy rock course is Should’ve Been There, an acoustic number that seems to be a staple of many nu-metal bands at this point in time. However, unlike their peers, Earshot chooses not to venture into a hokey love ballad, and instead creates a pleading piece about seperation. This brings us back to the subject of Wil Martin, who may briefly sound like Keenan at some moments, but is mostly holding his own, while always sounding honest and believable in his rantings. While Earshot sometimes yanks pages out of the big nu-metal songbook, they do pull off their cliches, making Two a solid choice for fans of the genre.

    Posted on November 14, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • unfortunatley I’d give this CD only a 3.5 stars…but I guess I’ll give it 4 since it is a VAST improvement from their first CD “Letting Go.”

    I wasn’t a big fan of the first one to be honest…I dled it and deleted after I listened…It sounded monotone and had no variety or creativity…

    This CD definatley improves upon the previous CD a lot! However, I only found half of the Cd to be any good still…grrr
    (Wait, Tongue-Tied, Someone, Rotten-inside, Again, Control…)
    That’s it…the rest are rather unemotional and pathetic…
    Not a bad 2nd Cd…hopefully they’ll get enough $$ to try a third time…

    Posted on November 14, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I’m going to rate each song here. But before I do that, I just wanted to say that the first time I listened to this CD, I couldn’t get into any of the songs. What I realized though was that the first time I listened I was actually feeling really happy about something. Your opinions on the songs will change depending on the mood you’re in. What I mean is, the next time I felt depressed, enraged, pissed off, or frustrated when I listened..I started to like some of these songs a lot more than when listening to them in a neutral or positive state of mind. Almost all of the lyrics sound unhappy in every single song here, so if you’re generally a happy person, this CD may not be your cup of tea.

    1. Wait – Great song, good beat, actually has a motivational and hopeful theme to it in its excellent chorus. It’s no surprise this was the first single. – 5/5
    2. Tongue Tied – Very dark song with some incredibly depressing/frustrated lyrics. Mediocre sounding chorus though. This is one of the songs I generally didn’t like UNLESS I listened to it while pissed off or depressed. – 2/5 or 3/5 if you’re unhappy
    3. Fall Apart – This song is depressing but the way the verses are sung in this track really sounds great, especially the second verse. The chorus, on the other hand doesn’t sound so hot. Fortunately the awesome breakdown at 2:45 makes up for this. – 4/5
    4. Someone – This one, like Fall Apart, also has excellent sounding verses but okay chorus. The guitar and drumwork is awesome though (much better than Fall Apart’s). The chorus in this song actually shows signs of hope but it’s not as catchy as the chorus in Wait is. Good progressive rock though. This one ended up being the second single, probably because it’s similar to Wait. – 4/5
    5. Rotten Inside – Didn’t like this dark progressive song. Can’t really explain why – just wasn’t feeling the riffs or beat. Very depressing and wretched sounding, and they toyed around with some echo effect in the verses which also sounded awkward. I especially hated the chorus. It’s a 1/5 ..maybe 2/5 if you’re hating your life a little more than usual when you listen to it. :)
    6. Down – Here they go again with the echo effects in the verses. The song is kind of hopeful sounding too and the chorus in this one isn’t as bad as some of the chorus on other tracks, but doesn’t stand out either. Meh. – 3/5
    7. Nice to Feel the Sun – This one is a little too weird for me, both lyrically and musically. This track is a definite skipper for me so it gets – 0/5
    8. Again – This is an excellent progressive rock song. Awesome guitar work. It’s got the same “unhappy verses clashing against hopeful chorus” format that Wait has. Lyrics and chorus sound perfect to me, and the breakdown is very decent. Not sure why this one wasn’t their second single. Maybe the suicidal undertones? – 5/5
    9. Goodbye – Another gloomy progressive song. It’s about breaking up, and the music compliments this point. They do a damn fine job of conveying the emotions here too. Verses are good, breakdown is good, but more importantly, the chorus is great, especially the guitar portion. This should have been the last track on the CD because it sounds great, and would have been a perfect closer (and the fact that the song is also called Goodbye is another good reason for this). – 5/5
    10. Should’ve Been There – An accoustic balad. Pretty damn sad one too. It’s got all the typical elements of one but I’m not a fan of these types of songs – 3/5
    11. Control – They close this CD with another dark track. This is a “I have all this pent up hate for you and I’m near the edge” type of song. Even the guitar sounds pissed off. Okay verses but not really a fan of the chorus though. It’s not really a standout though in my opinion but somewhat tolerable – 3/5

    Out of 11 songs there’s at least 3 definitely worth listening to and 2 that are pretty good. That’s fairly decent so I give the CD a 4.

    Posted on November 13, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now