Thursday, March 10, 2011

Review: The Valley

I was always very unsure about The Valley. When I bought Room Noises (Eisley's first album), I loved it but when I listened to Combinations I was less than thrilled. The fairy tale-esque lyrics were far and few between and the sound was painful in some places. Don't get me wrong I'm glad to have Combinations and there are songs on there that I really love, but the album as a whole fell short in my opinion.

Onto LP no.3. It was promised to be edgier, slightly faster-paced and dealing mostly with heart-break. Interesting. That could be good, but it could also be bad. Whenever a band you like promises they are going in a bold, new direction, it's only natural to feel nervous.

Thankully my nervousness was for naught and I have thoroughly enjoyed The Valley (and, no, it has not left my CD player). It's definitley different, but it's past the growing pains of Combinations. I will always have a soft spot for the old Eisley (complete with Sea Kings and bats with butterfly wings) and I'm still hoping they'll go back, at least lyrically, to that direction, but I must say, I am overall pleased with the new direction.

Highlights are definitley the faster-paced songs The Valley, Smarter, Sad and (especially) Better Love. Even though Eisley is a primarily slow, ambient band it's nice to have these songs to balance it out. Usually it takes longer for the slow songs to grow on me, but this time it happened pretty fast. I already love Mr. Moon, Please and I Wish.



Hopefully I'll have more music reviews soon as this music-heavy year continues...

The Valley cover: