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Civil Twilight

April 13, 2010 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: April 13, 2010
  • Release Date: April 13, 2010
  • Label: Wind-Up
  • Copyright: (C) 2010 Wind-up Records, LLC
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  • Total Length: 1:07:41
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  • ASIN: B003DFPZN6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,140 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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I happened to see these guys as an opener to a concert I recently went to. Funny enough, I liked them a lot better than the headlining band that night. The next day I ran out and bought their album with no hesitation. I could not be more pleased. Steven McKeller (singer, song writter, bass, and piano) is a musical genius in my opinion. The sound these guys produce has a unique way of slowly creeping into your ears, and next thing you know you are hooked. Their sound is kind of hard to describe. If I was to throw a few bands out there that I feel have the comparable sound I would say it is a mixture of the modern flare of bands like Kings of Leon, Carolina Liar, and Muse with the UK inspired mellow sounds of bands like U2 and Coldplay.(just a "flavor" comparison, not saying they are better or worse than any of the named bands.) In all honesty, the first two times I heard "Letters from the Sky" on the radio I thought it was a U2 song; no joke.

As a debut album, they really gave some great songs. "Letters from the Sky" is a very solid song, but is not all this band has to offer. My favorite keeps jumping around as I continue to listen to the album. The current track I"m most hooked to is "Trouble", which is a slow builder ballad with those infamous slow and creeping bass riffs that sound almost reminiscent of the 80's. "Solider", "What You Want", and "Anybody Out There" are also supreme upbeat songs on the album. "Next to Me" is a good (slightly sappy) love song with a very catchy tune. Wouldn't doubt it if you saw this number hitting the radio or being used on something like a tv show in the near future. And on the slower, more melancholy side of the album, "On the Surface" and "Human" are great.
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BUY THIS CD. I don't normally take the time to review albums, but this record is really important; it has had the privilege of ushering in one of the best new bands to come along in quite some time.

Civil Twilight is the sort of band you tell all your friends about and feel a sense of disbelief and superiority when your friends don't know who they are yet. Typically, successful debut albums fall into the category of being an album offering up a band with a familiar sound and a successful single along with another ten or so less-than-memorable tracks. Occasionally, a band comes along offering more than just one or two "successful singles" but instead a whole new sound and experience found in listening to no other band. This is that band. While this record does offer an arsenal of great songs, it offers something more. This isn't the band you hear and shelve with the rest of the bands you've heard and like; they make your top ten list; they get your attention and maintain it. See them live, and you'll realize quickly just how privileged you are to be a part of the first few to support this band.

The band is a three-piece outfit out of Cape Town, South Africa comprised of brothers Steven and Andrew McKellar and longtime friend Richard Wouters. Steven McKellar, who switches between bass and piano, is the lead vocalist, and his vocals are of the top class in the music world; many listeners have compared him to an early Bono, but I prefer to put Steven in a class of his own where other vocalists are compared to Steven. His brother Andrew is, for many, the standout musician of the group; listening to the record, you'd think there were at least two guitarists, but watch him in action, and you'll see that most of Civil Twilight's signature sound originates from this one man.
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Lyrically, this album is amazing. I personally am always one to read the lyrics to songs and, as an aspiring songwriter, it's a treat to see the different styles of different artists. It always is fascinating to read what someone else wrote in regards to music, and this was no disappointment. It seems that the lyrics for this album are very well written and very poetic. Honestly, this is the highest point for me on this cd and is the main reason the album got three stars, because the other contributing factors to the cd didn't hold up as much.

The guitar work on this cd is very similar to that of Edge from U2. Setting that aside, the guitar sounds so similar in every song it's almost unbearable. After "Letters From The Sky", the band goes on autopilot for a while (which is roughly one half of the cd). Not until the song "Quiet in My Town" does the album change pace really in terms of guitar work (or anything else). This makes for a frustrating listen because so many songs sound so similar.

Okay, now that I've gotten the great things and mediochre things out of the way-let's talk vocals. Vocally, the singer for this band is impressive. Heck, to be fair-the guy is a great singer, BUT the vocals were something on this album I could NOT stand. Again, the first four tracks on this album are phenomonal, but once they get into that five or six song slump, the lead singer comes across as just enjoying how great of a range his voice has in the upper registers. He also has this method of singing I will tentatively call "Asthmatic Singing". It's as though he needs to draw in a huge breath before...every...woooooooooooooooooooord-every WOOO-ohh-oo-OORRRRRRRRRD... (If I could type the way he "sings" through most of this album, THAT'S WHAT IT WOULD LOOK LIKE.
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