Burning the Daysby Vertical Horizon
Returning to action after a six-year lull, Vertical Horizon head into some new territory on Burning the Days, moving in two separate directions: getting softer and sweeter on the slowest songs, while selling the drama on their harder numbers. Vertical Horizon still favor an immaculate production, which tends to make the proggier elements sound a little like a gentler latter-day Peter Gabriel, yet these numbers also benefit greatly from the thunder Rush drummer Neil Peart brings. Peart drums on a quarter of the album's 12 tracks, even penning the lyrics to the closing "Even Now," and he gives these tracks considerable force, pushing the amiable group toward a bolder, aggressive palette. These colors are all the brighter when compared to the rest of the record, where Vertical Horizon strum and whisper, creating warm, pleasant vibes.
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- Outfall Records
Performance CreditsVertical Horizon Primary Artist
Keith Kane Vocal Harmony
Richard Marx Piano
Neil Peart Drums
Sean Hurley Bass
Matthew Scannell Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jason Sutter Drums
Blair Sinta Drums
Technical CreditsRichard Marx Vocal Producer
Neil Peart Composer
Tom Weir Engineer
Joel Numa Engineer
Steve Hardy Engineer
Matthew Scannell Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Mark Valentine Engineer
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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.
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.