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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the first album I have of Eisley, but I will be buying the others! Awesome music and great quality cd.Published on December 16, 2012 by Ashlee B Spencer
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 morePublished on November 20, 2011 by dementeddaizy
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 morePublished on June 26, 2010 by Alisha H.
I love it, it was the right condition & cheap & exactly what I wanted.Published on December 25, 2009 by Emily Anne Brown
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 morePublished on April 20, 2009 by Brent Hilton
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 morePublished on April 27, 2008 by Anthony Rupert
It sounds like Carpenters meet Bangles meet Evanescence. I don't mean it in a bad way, but simply as a descriptive one. Read morePublished on March 16, 2008 by Mr. J. M. Ginebra Serrabou
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 morePublished on January 2, 2008 by John W. Dunner
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 morePublished on October 26, 2007 by Nathan Blaney
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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
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