Name: Elyse and the Aftermath
Album: Shut up and Listen!
Released: August 2008
Overall Rating (out of 4): 2.5
Musicality – The band plays in an understated way, but it’s solid. Nice keyboard work in the songs, I would encourage using them more! The vocals definitely take center stage with Elyse and the Aftermath. The sound of the band sort of reminds me of “Heart”.
Singing – Elyse has a great voice, very strong & clear for rock bands (Her singing sounds a bit like Bif Naked, just less edge though). The background vocals are good, but they could use some more and maybe even add in harmonies.
Lyrics – Straight forward, no hidden agenda to the songs. Crystal clear rock lyrics!
Flow/Rhythm – This one is tricky, they are mid – tempo rock (neither too fast/heavy, or too slow/ballad-like), that can make it tougher to breakthrough (my observation is that the heavier rock or pop-like bands have an easier way).
Freshness – It’s good! I just would probably spruce up the backing band sound, maybe add a little more distinction on the guitar leads, and punch up the riffs.
Technicality/Recording – Excellent, a good clear mix.
Visuals – Elyse has a good Youtube channel set up with a lot of videos, which is great for fans. The band’s Myspace page is really good, and has all the features that any major label artist would have! As far as image, the Myspace page made think they were going to be goth band, which they’re not, however, that’s minor quibbles! Plus Elyse has a Twitter account, so you can keep up with the band and their next moves!
Top #2 Songs:
1. One Photograph (Very catchy, love the singing lyrics, and it is just a good rock song!)
2. Damaged (Great song & lyrics, they perform it well!)
~ Jason Chu
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