The Almost - Southern Weather

Published Saturday 30th June 2007
The Almost - Southern Weather
The Almost - Southern Weather

RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 23330-12580
LABEL: Tooth & Nail TND52481
RELEASE DATE: 2007-04-13
RRP: £12.99

Reviewed by Trevor Fitzgerald

As no doubt everyone knows by now, this is the debut album by Aaron Gillespie who is the drummer and back-up singer in the US band Underoath and has been a surprise number one hit on the US Christian charts. Amazingly, Aaron not only wrote all the tracks for the album but he also sings and plays practically all instruments as well (Kenny Vasoli from The Starting Line plays bass on a couple of the songs). Musically and vocally The Almost is less aggressive than the screamo style of Underoath and is in a more alternative rock vein. Standout tracks are the driving percussive "Say This Sooner" and the acoustic "Amazing Because It Is", whose chorus is a re-working of the first verse of the classic hymn "Amazing Grace". Aaron has managed to turn it into a powerfully anthemic part of the song, especially at the end when it's sung with great passion with the backing of a choir and crunching guitars. Overall this album has many great hooks and ideas that keep it interesting upon repeat listens. Each track has something different to give, be it an interesting arrangement or riff or vocal line, which makes for a hugely impressive debut which deserves its big success.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Craig E in United Kingdom @ 12:57 on Jun 11 2009

By far, one of the best albums to come out of 2007.
Aaron's vocals are cleaner and so much more powerful when he is not distracted by his drum kit. Along with head nodding riffs and the skilled instrumentation of the album, this truly is worth buying especially if you are Catholic.

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