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Combinations

EisleyAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)


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“I’ve never been more excited to put out a record and to give the world this music.” –Sherri Dupree-Bemis

Eisley’s fourth album, Currents, is a study in contrasts. It’s the sound of a band growing up, but not forgetting the magical power of childlike curiosity or the joy of unselfconscious creativity. It’s an album that nods to playful pop and ... Read more in Amazon's Eisley Store

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  • Audio CD (August 14, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • ASIN: B000RHRGIA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,824 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The great thing about Eisley's follow-up to 2005's Room Noises is not just that it's a crystalline, polished piece of pop craft, but that it still manages to feel personal. The DuPree sisters have conjured another blizzard of vocal harmony, and made it sound like something they could do in their sleep. But here it floats over music that is both sturdy and whimsical. Still quite young (Sherri is 23, Stacy is 18), the sisters and their assorted family members (all five members of the band are related) have improved on the occasional blandness that compromised Noises. Combinations is still over-produced and would profit from a few more rough edges, but the guitars are a little crunchier and the music sounds weightier. Less content to exist as backgrounds for the DuPrees' lovely voices, the structures of songs like "I Could Be There for You" stay fresh and unpredictable after more than a few listens. And yet there's no fat here, with no track exceeding four minutes. That economy of sound helps Eisley get a lot of range on a song like "Taking Control," which opens with a gorgeous verse, shifts into a blink-and-you'll-miss-it bridge and--bam!--we're onto the chorus. The whole thing takes exactly 26 seconds. It's a little scary how young they are relative to their songwriting chops. Listening to Eisley is fun now, but even more fun when you consider their through-the-roof potential. --Matthew Cooke

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Eisley make some of the downright prettiest, and strangest, pop of the 2000s. Guitar pop-rock, yet layered; romantic, yet quirky; uplifting, yet melancholy, Eisley boasts an unexpected depth and breadth for a family group led by two singing sisters. Building on its lauded 2005 debut Room Noises, Combinations is diverse producer Richard Gibbs has played with Oingo Boingo, produced Korn and scored the film Queen Of The Damned but it is always centered on the winsome harmonies of Stacy and Sherri DuPree (with guitarist sister Chauntelle and a rhythm section of bassist cousin Garron and drummer brother Weston). That combination has made Eisley one of the most promising young acts of the decade.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Relentlessly Pleasing Sophomore Effort. August 14, 2007
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The first time I heard of Eisley was at least four or five years ago. I remember watching MTV and seeing them featured on "You Hear It First." At that time, this underdog band from Texas had little to show for their efforts except for an EP and a tour with Coldplay. Still, the band aroused my interest, and I kept them on my radar. It wasn't until I saw them live in January of 2005 that I finally fell in love with them. Their debut full-length album was released just a few weeks later, and I can remember rushing into my local store minutes after they opened so that I could get a copy. "Room Noises" was a marvelous and wonderful album. It is one of the few albums that you can listen and just drift off to. The DuPree sisters were able to craft stories and imagery that was simply beyond their years, and the music they created was absolutely dreamy. It's been about 2 1/2 years since then and my hopes have been high for another brilliant album for some time. The question is, "Does 'Combinations' live up to it's predecessor?"

When you hit "Play" on your CD player, it's immediately clear that what you are about to hear will sound very little like "Room Noises." The lead-off track, "Many Funerals" is a very straight-forward rock track, completely unlike anything we've heard from the band before. In the chorus, the sisters sing "Break, break down!" over an aggressive guitar and bass. Is this really Eisley? Indeed, it is. While the song isn't bad by any means, it can definitely catch you off guard if you're not anticipating it.

Get used to it though. Eisley takes a much more traditional approach to making music this time around. Their lyrics are much more straightforward now, often singing about things that are relatable rather than fairies and forests.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You will take the breath from my throat August 13, 2007
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Eisley is all grown up. Once they sang all about trolley woods, sea kings and "telescope eyes."

But in their second full-length album "Combinations," the Texan pop family sounds somewhat different. Their pretty pop and girlish vocals have stayed the same, but their music has darkened and matured all around -- the instrumentation more textured and rich, and the tone more wistful.

"Bring along your tricks and trade/we will lie here/here we lay/and though this ship is out to sea/I'm content to lie peacefully," Stacy and Sherri Dupree sing over a gentle nautical acoustic melody.

But it doesn't stay so mellow-sounding -- the song blossoms into a hard-edged pop tune, with moments of epic fuzzy guitar or shimmering piano-rock. And the song gets darker too: "And now we have no chances/We fill the empty caskets/and leave you with your tears... We all will take more chances/Before our lives end too..."

Things don't get much lighter in the sprightly "Invasion" tune ("You will be one of us painless, us blameless/go to sleep, this won't hurt a bit/shifting your shape to our shells"). They stick mostly to the upbeat sound, which is more lush and full-bodied than ever before -- catchy country-pop, swirling little rockers, ethereal ballads, gentle acoustic songs, and finally the haunting, music-box ballad "If You're Wondering."

For the record, Eisley's music hasn't changed THAT much -- they still have pretty, shimmering pop and deceptively simple lyrics. But the lyrics have more of an emphasis on love and tragic occurrances (like alien invasion, suicide and plagues), as if the band has grown up from children to young adults. As they have.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Listen to Me, You Pull Me Apart August 18, 2007
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When reviewing the full length debut Room Noises from the family band, four siblings and one neighbor on bass, Eisley, I closed out my review, "I expect big things from Eisley in the future." The album then went on to land at number four of the Best Albums of 2005. Since the release of the album, the band has been touring, getting married and completed the DuPree only lineup by replacing the neighbor with a cousin to play bass.

But those expectations of big this is what makes the follow up, Combinations a let down. Where Room Noises was a breath a fresh air with melodic songs as a backdrop of plush melodies of the two lead singers, Combinations is just a rehash of the first album with songs only as good as the middle of the road ones on the debut. Not one song here comes close to the emotional punch of Marvelous Things or Telescope Eyes. Not to mention it is hard to ask put down over ten dollars for an album that barely breaks the half an hour mark.

With that said, Combinations isn't a bad album. It starts off with Many Funerals, a driving song where the all dudes rhythm section on drums and bass add to the darker theme that the band didn't explore on previous albums. Taking Control is a bouncing ditty which could be an instant sing-a-long at concerts. While Come Clean concludes with a family chorus.

The group did look like they took a different approach to writing this time around. Where the first album was littered with mythical themes about Sea Kings and bats with butterfly wings, it looks like all the marriages and engagements in the band has taken them in a more personal subject matter this time around touching on death (More Funerals) and a lot about love (I Could Be There for You, the title track).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great band!
This is the first album I have of Eisley, but I will be buying the others! Awesome music and great quality cd.
Published 16 months ago by Ashlee B Spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars whimsical magical eisley
This was the last cd that I didn't have from Eisley. 3 of the songs I had already heard a lot of times ("Many Funerals", "Come Clean", "Invasion") which was what persuaded me to... Read more
Published on November 20, 2011 by dementeddaizy
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent album
I bought this album toward the end of 2009, so I was a little late. It's hard for me to review this album. It is good on one hand, but not so much on the other. Read more
Published on June 26, 2010 by A. Hodges
5.0 out of 5 stars YAY.
I love it, it was the right condition & cheap & exactly what I wanted.
Published on December 25, 2009 by Emily Anne Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Not The Best Effort, a few good songs.
well i listen to this album from Eisley. Combinations is decent effort, the vocals from the female vocalists are wonderful and that's why i didn't give it three or two stars in... Read more
Published on April 20, 2009 by Brent Hilton
4.0 out of 5 stars Like cheese and crackers
When most people hear the name Eisley, they'll probably think about Mr. Biggs and Ernie. No, it's not that soulful duo; while THIS band is also consisted of relatives (three... Read more
Published on April 27, 2008 by Anthony Rupert
3.0 out of 5 stars A contemporary take on classic sounds
It sounds like Carpenters meet Bangles meet Evanescence. I don't mean it in a bad way, but simply as a descriptive one. Read more
Published on March 16, 2008 by Mr. J. M. Ginebra Serrabou
4.0 out of 5 stars Eisley wastes no time moving beyond its fluffy debut.
Eisley wastes no time moving beyond its fluffy debut. "Many Funerals" opens Combinations with soaring, minor-key vocals, a pounding cut-time riff, and a decidedly dark subject. Read more
Published on January 2, 2008 by John W. Dunner
5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the year!
It's not too often that an album really makes me say "wow, this is great!", and even more rare that my wife asks what I'm listening to and why I haven't played it for her before. Read more
Published on October 26, 2007 by Nathan Blaney
5.0 out of 5 stars The Next Album You Should Add To Your Collection!
This album is outstanding! The vocals are so beautiful . The lyrics are heartfelt and easy to relate to. Read more
Published on September 29, 2007 by Hales28
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Ok . . . so which Dupree is which?
Sherri and Stacy sing, Stacy plays piano and is the youngest, Chauntelle just plays guitar and is the oldest, and Sherri plays guitar and sings. I'm pretty sure, but I could be wrong.
Aug 20, 2007 by Noodle |  See all 3 posts
New album?
I completely agree! I absolutely love it. They have evolved so much as artists since I heard their demos a few years ago, which I also loved. I cannot wait for August 14th!
Jul 19, 2007 by Shauna Future |  See all 4 posts
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