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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on June 8, 2005
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Playing Time - 44:14 -- The sonic alchemy of the Eli Young Band transforms an eclectic variety of folk, country, metal, grunge, and rock influences into their own high-grade gold. Based in Texas, the band is poised to build their legion of fans throughout the region, then nationally and internationally. The opener, "Small Town Kid," is a ballad about having a simple story, being driven by rock and honky-tonk music and needing nothing more than a good-looking lady, a truck and some occasional whiskey or tequilla. All twelve songs on "Level" are originals written by the band that is fronted by the guitarists and vocalists Mike Eli and James Young. The rest of the group is Chris Thompson (drums) and Jon Jones (bass). Like Young, Jones also contributes background vocals. Guest artists include Milo Deering (pedal steel), Erik Herbst (guitars), Vince Barnhart (vocals), and Tommy Young (Hammond B-3 organ).

Hailing from Denton, Texas, the quartet has the potential to make some significant impact on the alt-country rock market. Their material addresses some common themes -- love, heartache, pain, loss and desperation. Circumspect, yet still deliberate, each song seems to take a life of its own. Many are full of sadness or despair, and I wouldn't mind hearing a few more happy, uplifting songs from them. "When It Rains" suggests that if you "start out depressed then everything comes as a pleasant surprise."

The title cut, "Level," doesn't appear until track five, and has a catchy melodic guitar riff and snappy bass line as Eli sings "waiting on life to level, waiting on something stable, maybe soon I'll be able, to rest my head again." The improvisational jamming that takes place at the end of the song kicks butt. An acoustic flavor is a nice opening reprise on "Everything is You," with its nostalgic recollection of lasting memories of another. Thompson's drumming provides a technically impressive rhythmic intensity to "Girl in Red." The album ends on a particularly strong note with some of their most engaging and reflective songs, "Highways and Broken Hearts" and "Bottom Line."

The Eli Young Band writes, arranges and presents music that will especially appeal widely to a younger demographic that is looking for thoughtful messages in their non-mainstream listening. Recent music I've heard from the Texas and Oklahoma region often has a rebellious, almost defiant, flavor. With some top notch production, label and touring support, The Eli Young Band will definitely turn some heads. Let's hope that their songs are distinctive and provocative enough to land them a few lasting hits. The support garnered from their devoted and enthusiastic fans will be the ultimate test and decide whether they make it to the big time. (Joe Ross, Roseburg, OR.)
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on April 7, 2010
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I stumbled on this. I had forgotten the few songs they had on the radio. They're voice is one that I can relate to. lisening to the previews on they're latest selftitled cd I decided to give them a try and downloaded it. I'd say thats the one to get if your interested. The songs on here will either get you singing along or at least tapping to the rythem. If you like singers who go their own way this is a treat. Yes you do have to like groups that give even slow songs a faster beat.
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on November 13, 2013
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This has to be one of my favorite albums as far as Country music goes. Great sounds and lyrics from these country artists.
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on November 3, 2013
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I am a country music fanatic and love country music. This is one of the very few bands that I can say when you put this cd in your player it will not be coming out for a long time. Every song on this cd is amazing and there is no way I could pick just one song because they are all great. This band was made to sing music its what they were born to do. The way their songs, voices, and instruments come together is just perfect. If I could only own one cd for the rest of my life it would be this cd without a hesitation. I have owned this cd now for about 4 years and it always finds its way back into my cd player. It doesnt just sit on my shelf like some of the other ones I own. There is something about this cd I never get tired of listening to it no matter how many times I have heard it. They go from twangy country with the slide guitar to rock and back and forth so the music is all mixed up and I think that is why the cd is so great. This is the one band I think that doesnt get enough music credit because like Taylor Swift and other pop style singers no offense; however, the Eli Young Band is country music and sounds like country music. They remind me of how country music sounded in the 80's with a mix of todays country music and not all the pop sound. My favorite cd by far even after 4 years of owning it.
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on September 20, 2013
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Not a single bad song on the entire CD.

I have an entire mix of Eli Young now, including Level, Jet Black & Jealous, and Life at Best. FANTASTIC!
Can't wait for the next album.
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on July 24, 2013
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Very creative song writing with excellent guitar work by Jim Young. Very good early compilation of Eli Young Band songs.
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on July 12, 2013
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A Very well recorded, solid piece of Music. The First Eli Young band Cd I've heard. I like the choice of songs and the production of Cd.
I am impressed with the whole Band.
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on May 11, 2013
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One of their best yet! Highly recommended. Great sound, and the lyrics are even better. Great road trip music. Check it out!
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on July 12, 2012
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My favorite Eli Young album. Every song is excellent! This group is the best out there on today's country radio!
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on January 3, 2012
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Was THRILLED to find this and to receive it at a reasonable price and in exactly as described order. Ordered as a gift and the receiver was even more thrilled!
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