Evans Blue
"The Melody And The Energetic Nature Of Volume"

(Hollywood Records 2006)Evans Blue - The Melody And The Energetic Nature Of Volume

As sick as I am of that new power pop metal sound that has the entranced fans of Linkin Park and Staind, among others, there is something that is just undeniably likable about "The Melody And The Energetic Nature Of Volume," the debut full-length release from Evans Blue. The Canadian rockers remain accessible as they dip and dive, lull in and out while performing what they have created and what they have incorporated into their sound.

Soaring power pop meets grinding hard rock and metal for "A Cross And A Girl Named Blessed" and "Possession," the latter incorporating a female background vocalist for a nice change. Guitar plays a flittering melody on "Eclipsed" as Evans Blue takes a comparatively more minimalist route while elsewhere instrumentation churns and heaves for the sinister "Stop And Say You Love Me." Even ballads harness the instrumental power of Evans Blue as "Beg" and "Over" flow smoothly while keeping the album's heavy attitude. With a variation on the rhythms that have dominated on "The Melody...," "Dark That Follows" keeps things interesting and offers a cleaner, pop ready sound.

Evans Blue certainly has an edge and an aggression to be released in their music. But "The Melody And The Energetic Nature Of Volume" is a collection of emotionally balanced songs instead of merely offering eleven tracks of unbridled anger that after an initial rush, leaves you feeling little else but numb or bored. In the end, Evans Blue is not offering anything startlingly innovative but their energy and enthusiasm makes their debut album worth a listen.

C+

buy it!