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Ever After
     

Ever After

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by Marianas Trench
 

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When they first appeared with 2006's Fix Me, Vancouver's Marianas Trench were an able if somewhat uninspiring pop-punk/emo act reaching for the back seats without any attempt at subtlety. Five years on and no more subtle, they return with their third LP, Ever After, a concept album bursting with

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When they first appeared with 2006's Fix Me, Vancouver's Marianas Trench were an able if somewhat uninspiring pop-punk/emo act reaching for the back seats without any attempt at subtlety. Five years on and no more subtle, they return with their third LP, Ever After, a concept album bursting with color and wild ambitions. Having seemingly nowhere else to go but bigger, bandleader and brain trust Josh Ramsay has stacked the deck with huge vocal sections, epic orchestrations, giant pop riffs, and a loose story about a stranger in a strange land ruled by an evil, heart-stealing queen and her toy soldier factory. Odd concept albums are nothing new in rock music and Marianas Trench largely use Ever After's story as a springboard for big-minded pop production and audio pyrotechnics. Their pop-punk core remains intact, but is tempered by strong elements of synth and dance-pop, like on the gospel-inspired "Stutter" and the lead single "Haven't Had Enough." With its vocoder playfulness, the strutting "Truth or Dare" has elements of Gotye-style pop, while the excessively overwrought vocals on "Desperate Measures" make them sound a bit too much like some aggro boy band. Still, if the entire production seems overtly over the top, it's hard to fault Ramsay and his crew. The type of pop
ock they call home traditionally favors a big-budget sound, and it's nice to hear a group play around stylistically within the genre. They know their craft well and can fashion hooks and melodies that last for days.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/18/2014
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0602537752348
catalogNumber:
2024102
Rank:
29087

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Performance Credits

Marianas Trench   Primary Artist
Camille Henderson   Vocals
Saffron Henderson   Vocals
John Stamos   Lute
Hal Beckett   Conductor
Tania Hancheroff   Vocals
Sarah Johns   Vocals
Matt Webb   Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Nik Pesut   Floor Tom
Josh Ramsay   Bass,Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Drums,Vocals
Ian Casselman   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Vancouver Film Orchestra   Strings
Miles Ramsay   Vocals
Mike Ayley   Bass,Vocals,Rhythm Bass
Sara Ramsay   Vocals
Carolynn Hanney   Vocals
Luren Music   Vocals

Technical Credits

Roger Monk   Engineer
Josh Ramsay   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Dave "Cap'n Rob" Green   Contributor

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Ever After 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Messeng3r_0fWords More than 1 year ago
It's Marianas Trench!!! How could anyone expect anything less than exceptional!!! <3