STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 9561-9251 LABEL: Interscope 8000132112 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Haydon Spenceley
Sleeping At Last are one band who certainly seem to have a lot going for them. Not only are they recently signed to Interscope Records in America, seemingly-regular touring partners of Switchfoot (another band certainly going places) and Billy Corgan (he of Smashing Pumpkins and Zwan fame) endorsed, but they've got songs. Songs! What a concept! And not just any old songs either. These are atmospheric, touching, almost ethereal songs, but not in a soft sense. Sleeping At Last certainly know how to rock. See "Say", "All That Is Beautiful" and "Night Must End" for particular evidence of this. Showing aspects of '90S-era Radiohead, early Smashing Pumpkins, to a lesser extent U2 in their musicality, Sleeping At Last have crafted an album which is more an experience than a collection of songs. Many of the tracks blend together to help create an almost dreamy mood, helped by liberal use of keyboards and string arrangements, despite the aforementioned propensity for rock, leaving this listener feeling uplifted and affected by the melodic sensibility and lyrical poeticism. Definitely an album to search out and a band to look for making big waves in the future.
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