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|Vertical Horizon||Primary Artist|
|Keith Kane||Vocal Harmony|
|Matthew Scannell||Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals|
|Richard Marx||Vocal Producer|
|Matthew Scannell||Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer|
Posted October 1, 2010
Vertical Horizon is back and better than ever with "Burning the Days" their sixth album and latest release after a six-year hiatus. With their debut in 1992 with " There and Back Again" which focused on the band's founding members Keith Kane and Matt Scannell each showcasing their signature voices and harmony-laced guitars for a folk-rock feel. Since than, the band's sound has evolved with founding member Matt Scannell taking the lead as frontman/ songwriter for the band's last two albums. . Scannell wrote and produced all the songs on the album in his home studio.
"Burning the days" pushes the boundaries and exceeds expectations. is stronger then the band's previous efforts it encompasses more cohesiveness then the band previous work. Scannell combines relatable lyrics that resonate with listeners.
It explores the band's new musical direction with tracks that are more complex in texture and dynamics, some of the standout tracks on the album " The Lucky One" " Middle Ground" and " Here".
"The Lucky one" the second track on the album and perhaps one of the most surprising. It's a light-hearted, love song, the piano intro is a welcome surprise and Scannell who has a knack for writing inspiring and invigorating choruses doesn't disappoint accompanying a great chorus with soaring guitars.
" Middle Ground" delves more to the dark side of dealing with a relationship that you just can't let go of but there is a need for change, resolution. It is the strongest track on the album an all out rocker melodically pleasing and similar to the band's 2003 single " I'm Still Here" encompassing that mix of defiance, rebellion and perseverance.
Finally, " Here" is a so subtle but beautiful love song. "Here" is the closest to the band's duo days and reminiscent of their first cd "There and Back Again" its nice to hear that familiar sound of Scannell's voice with minimal accompaniment until the chorus where he rocks out once again. " Here" is that love song that you want to be serenaded by and one of the best examples of what happily ever after could be.
Burning the Days" is just as strong from beginning to end, making it the best and most complex album to date. Scannell's lyrics resonate with fans because he is not only in tune with himself but with them and depicts that honestly in his songs.
Songs that get stuck in your head for days.... Isn't that what we all look for in music? That elusive CD that runs through our heads even when the electronics are turned OFF? That's what I've found with this CD, and several others by Vertical Horizon. Songs that just get stuck in my head. CD's that don't have a song that I want to automatically skip over. CD's that I like EVERY song. Hard to find. Take a listen. Listen two or three times. If you aren't willing to buy it first, go to the band's Facebook page and listen to the preview a few times. Trust me. You'll buy it. It will haunt you. Amazing music, haunting lyrics, indescribable genre. Are they rock? Alternative? 90's? Pop? Who cares. I love this CD! Far from their accoustic roots, more rock than accoustic. Palpable emotion in the lyrics, and powerful shifts in the music move from soft and slow to hard and driving as only VH can do. Take a listen.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.