Farewell To Juliet - Grace And Dire Circumstances

Monday 1st June 1998
Farewell To Juliet - Grace And Dire Circumstances

RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
LABEL: Marathon

Reviewed by Rod Lobaugh

Beauty is rarely a well kept secret. Emotional depth often is. There are some occasions when the two join in unison, such as on this new album from Farewell To Juliet. This album is poetically rich which provides a red carpet of mystery and elegance that leads to an expedition of sadness, hope and love. First up is the homesick lament "Holiday On Ice" and the album does not let up as far as honesty and heart go. Throughout (The album, the lyrical quality is superb. Many of the words seem to pour straight from the heart of Farewell To Juliet. Main lyricist and guitarist Jeff Elbel does an excellent job of conveying deep emotions and contemplations. Many of the songs, such as "Holiday On Ice" and "Healer" act as soothing words for sad souls. The lyrics tend to be on the abstract side, but are still within a realm that is possible to relate to and understand. The sound of the band is as deep as the lyrics. Combining a modern rock feel with progressive dynamics. Farewell To Juliet have forged a beautiful mix that is easily comparable lo bands like Sixpence None The Richer, with even a bit of a Jars Of Clay feel. Some of the songs go into full rock mode. "Thermostat" unleashes the relentless fire and passion in the band. Anyone desiring a quality pop experience and a drink of spiritual healing and wonder owes it to themselves to check out Farewell To Juliet.

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