STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 8458-8197 LABEL: Essential 6107162 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2004-01-23 RRP: £4.99
Reviewed by Dustin Helgeson
Enjoyable pop/rock flows from ‘Real Life’, the debut CD from South Carolina’s Silers Bald. This folk/pop band seems to have the same, varied instrumentation as label mates Caedmon’s Call, yet definitely fall into the vein of popular rock ala Counting Crows. Every song on this disc is designed to catch your attention, thanks to great production from Caedmon’s Call’s extremely talented Joshua Moore who adds to many of the tracks both lyrically and musically. Similar attention is taken as the songs develop into choruses of folk/rock bliss. “Got Me Smilin” eases the listener in with a tasty guitar, but fails to keep this listener attentive. Too many tracks on the album have too much extra production in the chorus, but “Carolina Line” stands out in that it doesn’t include the driving chorus typical of pop/rock production. It gently glides, providing the singable, drivable song that would sound great out of a car stereo. The former independent band gained a good deal of success during its seven years playing in the college and university circuit in America. ‘Real Life’ is a strong label release that solidifies their readiness to be known on a larger scale.
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