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Slow down as you approach the gate, and have your change ready....
Label: Centricity Records
Length: 11 tracks/ 35:14
You know a new band has high standards for themselves when they choose to name their act after one of the finest releases in Christian music’s history. It’s clear Circleslide wants to make an artistic statement and capture the hearts of those listeners aware of the underground Christian music scene, yet, much like the legendary band Circleslide draws influence and monikers from, their songs wouldn’t be particularly out of place on Christian radio.
A classic U2 sound underlined by the atmospherics of The Choir and later Starflyer 59 releases, _Uncommon Days_ is a heavily produced, somewhat repetitive affair. Songs almost all use a similar template—high-soaring Britpop, back-to-back, almost for the record’s entirety. Things only slow down in the final song, the gentle, acoustic, mercifully bare “Sun of My Soul”. The effort seems to have been to capture the same sense of magic and wonder that bands such as The Choir have mastered in many releases, but despite even being produced by members of said band, the songs in _Uncommon Days_ sink like a rock into overbearing production values; it affects for the worse all aspects of the record. Flow between songs are interrupted by craggy production, wonderful melodies in the record’s early half are slathered with and nearly lost amidst the swirling, too-numerous atmospheric sounds, and problem spots, unfortunately, weigh down the record even more than they would have otherwise.
Uncommon Days’ problems
are made especially saddening considering how strong much of the song writing
is otherwise. Though some breaks from the familiar structuring of
songs would have greatly helped, many songs feature very beautiful lyrics
and melodies. Uncommon Days has no lack of heart or vision,
but its missteps keep it from being as good as it could have been.
There’s a good record somewhere within Uncommon Days, but unfortunately Circleslide’s newest release falls short for a couple of reasons. If the band can fill in the cracks with more variability in song writing and with more complimentary production, Circleslide could become the great band they aspire to be.
Circleslide the band you
first read about here on Phantom Tollbooth back in the spring of 2005 released
their long awaited debut CD Uncommon Days in June. The raspy vocals
of lead singer and guitar man Gabe Martinez will be with us for many years
to come. Listeners will quickly become fans as the liquid riffs of the
melodic rock title track inspire you to sing along.
Centricity Records Vice-President
and A&R man John Mays (Downhere, Nichole Nordeman) spotted Circleslide
in 2003 at GMA in the Rockies and signed them to the label. Mays
says, “I just fell in love with their history, their work ethic and who
they were personally.”
Joe Montague is an internationally
published journalist / photographer. His ministry is dedicated to the memory
of his late son Kent David Montague who went to heaven at the age of 18.
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