By The Way - Etched In Stone

Friday 1st December 2000
By The Way - Etched In Stone
By The Way - Etched In Stone

RATING 5 5 5 5 5
LABEL: Independent
FORMAT: CD Mini-album

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

Formerly known as Fortunate Sons, Scottish band By The Way release their debut CD featuring eight songs. The band have been playing locally in the usual places - youth clubs, churches, pubs, prisons and festivals. The sound is pop rock with a message, which serves their desire to reach out to those who aren't Christians. Though there are some songs here that have a catchiness - I love the Hammond-driven "Come Down" and there's a bit of a sax-fest taking place on "Lessons". The main problem here is that the whole CD really lacks energy; so rather than the songs hitting me between the eyes, it's like having a soggy lettuce thrown at you. With a muggy rhythm section and vocals that are tuneful but lacking commitment, By The Way are clearly another good band who simply need a decent record producer.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Burning Question [Listen]
2. Take Me Away [Listen]
3. Wanted Man [Listen]
4. Lessons [Listen]
5. Come Down [Listen]
6. Enigmatic [Listen]
7. Free At Last [Listen]
8. Daisy (Live Studio Version) [Listen]

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