Close to the Edge

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Although it is billed as a new Blessid Union of Souls album, 2008's Close to the Edge repeats eight of its 12 tracks from the group's previous release, 2005's Perception, representing half of that disc's contents. The new songs are leadoff track "Back from the Dead," "I'll Be There," "If You Were Mine," and "Healing." Old song or new, however, the group, led by singer Eliot Sloan, takes a consistent approach. The music is sweetly melodic pop
ock with strings often making things even sweeter. The choruses are never far away and are repeated frequently. This is all the better to support Sloan's achingly sincere grainy tenor, which he ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Although it is billed as a new Blessid Union of Souls album, 2008's Close to the Edge repeats eight of its 12 tracks from the group's previous release, 2005's Perception, representing half of that disc's contents. The new songs are leadoff track "Back from the Dead," "I'll Be There," "If You Were Mine," and "Healing." Old song or new, however, the group, led by singer Eliot Sloan, takes a consistent approach. The music is sweetly melodic pop
ock with strings often making things even sweeter. The choruses are never far away and are repeated frequently. This is all the better to support Sloan's achingly sincere grainy tenor, which he uses either to express spiritually inclined self-determination or romantic sentiments, with equal fervor. "Back from the Dead" is a restatement of purpose in which the singer commits himself anew to his ideals, apparently after some bad behavior. "Healing" contains another "that was then, this is now" message, this time overtly religious, as it concerns praying. When it comes to romance (and it frequently does), Sloan is an ardent lover. If he hasn't gotten the girl yet, he wants her ("If You Were Mine"); if he has her, he pledges devotion ("A Thousand and One," "I'll Be There," "Closer"). If, God knows why, she should want to leave, he tries to dissuade her ("Let's Get Out of Here"). If, despite this, she leaves anyway, he misses her and wants her back ("Could've Been with You"). All of this must be hard to resist for the band's fans (especially the female ones), so maybe they won't mind buying an album with only four new songs.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/16/2008
  • Label: Torque Records
  • UPC: 621617331525
  • Catalog Number: 55
  • Sales rank: 124,780

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Blessid Union of Souls Primary Artist
Eddie Hedges Percussion, Background Vocals
C.P. Roth Bass, Strings, Drums, Keyboards
Robert Stankiewicz Drums
Emosia Keyboards
Eliot Sloan Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
Josh Sklar Guitar
Mike Kennedy Percussion, Drums
Eddie Head Guitar, Background Vocals
Andrew Frye Piano
Brian Lovely Guitar
Neo Camerata Strings, Track Performer
Bryan Billhimer Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Group Member
Derek Blakley Bass
Rich E. Blaze Bass, Drums, Keyboards
Shaun Schaefer Percussion, Drums, Group Member
Doug Deforest Bass
Tony Clark Bass, Group Member
Technical Credits
Ted Jensen Mastering
Jerry Lane Engineer
Mark Liggett Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Matthew "Ammo" Senatore Composer, Producer
Joseph Carrier Composer
Emosia Producer
Eliot Sloan Composer, Producer, String Arrangements
Gene Grimaldi Mastering
Chris Godbey Engineer
Ashley Shepherd Mastering
Eddie Head Producer, Engineer
Andrew Frye String Arrangements
Brian Lovely Composer
Bryan Billhimer Engineer
Rich E. Blaze Producer, Engineer
Mark Landson String Arrangements
Caleb Morgan Management
Justin Reich Artwork
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