Fivespeed - Morning Over Midnight Album Review

Fivespeed Morning Over Midnight Album

Review of Morning Over Midnight Album by Fivespeed

Fivespeed

Morning Over Midnight

Album Review

After starting 7 years ago, working their socks off gigging furiously, building up a huge fan base and releasing EP's and an album on local labels, this versatile 'new' band from Arizona finally have their just reward. A deal with Virgin, and their first major full length, "Morning Over Midnight".

Influences are obvious, and they include some of the bands that Fivespeed have toured with (the likes of Finch, Jimmy Eat World and At The Drive-in) as well as citing The Deftones, Jane's Addiction and even Willie Nelson themselves, the band however do have a clearly defined sound all of their own.

"Fair Trade", is the opener. As you'd expect, it's high tempo stuff. But from just this one track you can tell the band have been together for more than 3 ½ minutes and have a quality within them to write well structured, melodic yet powerful music. Lead vocalist Jared Woosley, displays the flexibility of this bands talents with a voice seemingly comfortable with just about anything requested of it.

The title track is a cleverly crafted piece and a potential future Anthem for the group. It has all the necessary ingredients; foot taping speed, good breakdowns, enough overdriven chugging and rasping chords to satisfy even the most demanding listener and a great melody backed up by some thoughtful harmonies.

Another positive trait the band possess is that no two songs sound alike. Woosley puts this down to the collaborative way in which the band compose, "Everyone in this band is involved in the writing. And we each come at our songs from very different places. When it all comes together, it's very distinct." The whole thing is extremely well polished but not clouded enough to sound squeakily over produced.

"Lost In Vegas", "Touch of One" and "Misery Loves Company" show a more sensitive side to the bands approach and again only go to show that when you strip away the layers, Fivespeed could cut it with anyone.

If you're a fan of any of the new breed of Alternative Rock currently doing the rounds, then you may want to part with some hard earned notes, as Fivespeed are as complete an outfit as I've heard for some time.

8/10

Elliott Bambrough

Rating guide:

9-19 Essential purchase

7-8 Good, definite buy if you've liked this artist in the past

5-6 OK only, don't say I didn't warn you

3-4 Poor, even for this artist

1-2 Awful




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Droste

"Morning Over Midnight" is an excellent post grundge album that demonstrates composition talents and musicianship by FIVESPEED that far exceed those bands with which it is so often compared. The melodious power of "Morning Over Midnight", "Touch of One", "Wait Forever" and "Misery Loves Company" make these cuts stand out as singles that every rock DJ will play if he/she listens to the album rather that going by the BS about the similarities with other groups.Listen to this CD LOUD once, and then stop yourself after you've listened to it three more times! This is a solid, deep, quality rock CD that should establish FIVESPEED for years to come!

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