The Valley

The Valley

by Eisley


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The Valley

Written in the wake of several failed relationships -- a broken engagement for the eldest Eisley sibling, a divorce for the middle sister, and a split with Warner Bros. Records -- Eisley's third album features some unexpected dark moments. Much of the aggression comes from Sherri DuPree, whose marriage to New Found Glory's Chad Gilbert came to an abrupt halt after ten months. On Eisley's 2005 debut, she sang ballads about star-crossed lovers and enchanted forests, but Sherri ditches the storybook romance during The Valley, whose sobering song titles -- "Sad," "I Wish," "Ambulance" -- paint the picture of a girl's broken heart. The Valley isn't necessarily a gloomy album, though; most of the anger is funneled into Chauntelle DuPree's guitar riffs, whose rawness is balanced by the girls' sweet, dreamy harmonies. Co-vocalist Stacy helps even the tables, too, taking the mike during some of the album's brightest moments and offsetting her sister's pinched, emo-influenced voice with a womanly alto. Barely a teenage at the beginning of Eisley's career, she's steadily become the group's creative centerpiece, and it's appropriate that The Valley both begins and ends with her songs. But the best part about The Valley is the emotional spectrum it covers, from the Veruca Salt-ish sneer of "Sad" to the lush title track, where harmonies and strings swell in parallel motion. There's a happy ending, too: Sherri remarried two years after her divorce, followed in 2010 by Stacy, Chauntelle, and drummer/brother Weston.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/01/2011
Label: Equal Vision Records
UPC: 0794558020329
catalogNumber: 203
Rank: 126624

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eisley   Primary Artist
Gary Leach   Guitar,Keyboards
Chauntelle DuPree   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Sherri DuPree   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Stacy DuPree   Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Weston DuPree   Drums,Group Member
Max Bemis   Guitar
Susan DuBois   Violin
Jeremy Larson   Strings
Garron Dupree   Bass Guitar,Group Member
Thomas Demer   Viola
Deborah Brooks   Cello
Jacqueline Morant   Violin

Technical Credits

Gary Leach   Producer,Engineer
Austin Deptula   Producer,Engineer
Boyd DuPree   Artwork,Management
Eisley   Engineer
Sherri DuPree   Composer
Stacy DuPree   Composer

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The Valley 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Bookfever More than 1 year ago
Eisley is my favorite band. Their voices are amazing as well as the instruments that are played. Their song Smarter is my favorite on the album. You should buy this album as well as the other ones by Eisley. I have every one of their albums. Their songs are original and inspiring. If you like alternative then you would love this band.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago