"Songs for the Living"

(XS Records 2002)Embodyment - Songs for the Living

With Queens of the Stone Age "giving" the deaf an album in late 2002, it is about time all of us living got one, too. And thanks to Embodyment's "Songs for the Living," we do. But Queens are heavy and full force with their album. On "Songs for the Living," however, Embodyment have a broader appeal with their sometimes heavy sound that usually leans more towards the pop hard rock you hear on alternative rock radio.

Starting off on the album's heavier side, "Reaching Out" moves but, with singer Sean Corbray's lighter vocal style, is not overdone by too much bulk and keeps its friendly edge as does the slower "She's There," with its power ballad qualities. "I'm leavin'/I'm cheatin'/And what comes around goes around." Corbray sings that memorable line in the mid tempo "Golden Rule" before the guitar riffs dig in on the comparatively heavier "Time," with a typical melodic chorus.

Taking a break after exerting themselves, "Who's to Blame" enters as an easy and softer melodic ballad. After the short pause, they come blazing back with a rather good riff heavy and instrumentally active song in "Don't Go." Embodyment stays with the riff driven songs but back off a bit for "Segue Station" and the poppy mid tempo "It's Alright." "White Flag," with its slightly longer than normal instrumental intro and almost indie rock sound, is more middle of the road in terms of style as is the album's closer "Jaywalk" with soaring vocals.

While the album has reasonable guitar playing and even driving songs, none of the parts are really riffs that you remember or really even grab your attention nor are there really any solos on guitar or any other instrument. With that said, Embodyment has songs that could probably get play on the current rock radio and blend in amongst the rotation. Although not always very inventive, "Songs for the Living" is not a difficult listen and has its endearing moments.


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