|Emerald Rain Sleepwalk||Escape Music|
Emerald Rain's fifth album comes as something of a revelation for me. I think the guys have delivered some solid and impressive albums, but for the first time, I think they have truly nailed what is best for themselves and for fans.|
This album is ok on first listen, but gets better and better each rotation and contains more melodies and hooks than ever – once you get to know the record.
The guys have previously been seen as an alternative to Harem Scarem, as their sound, style and delivery is not far removed from their Canadian neighbours.
The guys then toughened things up and turned a little more contemporary in order to be different, but lost some of their magic.
On Sleepwalk the guys harness the best of what's gone before them in the past while also moving forward. This is as Harem Scarem friendly as ever, yet features some contemporary and more aggressive and darker moments, which are mixed together perfectly to create a very well balanced album.
The band showcases the more updated sound with both rockers and slower numbers and does the same for the more traditional melodic rock sounds. A little bit for everyone it seems, but sounding very consistent thanks to some high quality songs.
The aggressive sound is delivered through the uptempo anthem rocker Can't Stop Bleeding; the dark and moody title track Sleepwalk and to a lesser degree the mid-to-uptempo rockers Torn In Two and Can't Recognize A Thing.
The band's more traditional Harem Scarem compared sound is alive and well on the feel good rocker Face In The Mirror, It Ain't Over, See It In Your Eyes and the rock ballad Everything Is Broken.
Special mention to I Never Knew for delivering a contemporary sound, but with a killer hook and layers of harmony vocals which stick in ones head for hours and hours!
And the album closes with a semi-acoustic ballad Miracle, which is ok, but perhaps a little slow.
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