Plankeye - Relocation

Friday 1st October 1999
Plankeye - Relocation
Plankeye - Relocation

RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
LABEL: BEC 6174182

Reviewed by Alex Figgis

Having stripped down to a two piece, both Eric Balmer (vocals/guitar) and Luis Garcia (bass) return with the stunning 'Relocation', the bands first album since the departure of Scott Siletta (now of Fanmail). Produced by Gene Eugene, Plankeye have been encouraged once again to push back established boundaries of past projects and enter in to a whole new dimension; simultaneously retaining their already established musical identity. Erik Balmer and Luis Garcia are here joined by Frank Lenz (drums), Burleigh Drummond (percussion) and Gene Eugene (piano and keys), to produce a fine set of rock compositions, complete with lyrics that contemplate life and the answer to our own futile attempts at living without a personal relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ. 'Relocation's' mood and tone seamlessly meander between high energy out and out rock numbers (Say Now That You're Sorry', 'When It Comes ' and 'Break Of Dawn'), and the more vulnerable songs of lament and struggle ('Goodbye', 'Call Me A Liar' and 'Invisible'). Wonderful imagery is seed herein that actually captures everyday life and our own deep seated need, even as believers, to realise just how vulnerable we are without God's grace; resulting in a project that actually manages to relate to the listener on a much deeper level. With 'Relocation', Plankeye not only manage to mark the beginning of a new musical era for themselefs, but also demonstrate that they have never ceased to progress in both musical and lyrical maturity.

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