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These Eyes Before
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2009
For some time, Collide has remained below the mainstream radar, yet they have successfully crafted a musical career that has had their work featured in films and on Demand cable video's. Lead singer kaRin also maintains a high quality internet shop called Saints & Sinners, which even features specially crafted fragrances for men and women among some of the other great merchandise offered.
Prior to this release, those on the band's email list were able to watch the video footage of the photo shoot. Enchantress kaRin makes the final product always look so effortless, yet the video voyeur that we were able to participate in demonstrated that this band will ALWAYS take things to the highest level to reach as flawless a level as they can produce. This video clearly demonstrates just how hard this band works to get their art out to the masses.
So what about this new CD? 10 songs of "covers" might make some step back a moment and wonder if it is worth the price. These tracks excel beyond mere cover songs. Statik and kaRin recreated and recrafted these songs to fit the modern electronic dark wave soundtrack of our lives to make them all fresh and vibrant. If one had never heard these songs before, it wouldn't be too difficult to imagine that they were written exclusively for the band.
The beguiling vocals of kaRin glide across the lyrical scale while Statik punctuates each track with enough audio elements to make atoms want to smash in wanton abandon. If anything, this release could be called Collide PLUS because it is clearly a Collide project, but sonically, the band took things up a few more notches. Overall, it is hypnotically trance-like in some parts, seductively danceable and infused with more passion per song than any that have been released this year.
If you are a fan of Collide, then this purchase is a no-brainer. If you are new to the band, you may want to start here to get a feel for their alluring sound that has garnered fans across the globe. Either way, NO collection should be without this release. Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 5, 2009
Collide has always done an amazing job with their music. When it comes to covering other artists they seem to take it up a few notches and smash it out of the park. I don't think I have heard cover songs done so well by any other artists. Collide makes the songs their own unique experience and put their collide stamp all over it. This comes through on every track. Their creative minds are hard at work and shine brightly on the entire cd. Full, lush, rhythmic songs await your listening pleasure. Why they are not more readily accessible is beyond my comprehension. The "alternative" music I hear on current radio is down right blah compared to that of Collide. Tracks like "I feel you", "Tusk", and "Baby did a bad bad thing" will get you out of your seat and grovin' for sure. Night's in White Satin always kind of sent a shiver down my spine...so did Collides version...the hairs on the back of my neck were standing on end, yes that is a good thing. If you want to help preserve the few excellent, creative bands out there you will run now to order this cd. Not only yourself, but your friends and family as well. Remember the holidays are coming up. CD's make good stocking stuffers. Lets push this band into the next level. They really deserve it for all the years or creative music they have put out. Definitely the best thing I have heard this year.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 1, 2009
Expertly re-imagined songs, covered with an amazing amount of skill and love. Collide sounds better than ever- and so do these staples of radio playlists.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 16, 2012
I've been a fan of Collide from the beginning so I was intrigued when I learned that "These Eyes Before" was an album of cover songs then delighted to first see the set list and then to hear what this daring duo had done with them. Though I knew they could pull it off (they had done a remarkable job with Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit" on "Chasing the Ghost"), they nonetheless dazzled me with these re-imagined classics with the exception of just a couple of songs. I've always loved "Come Together" by The Beatles but it's never been one of my all-time favorites. Built on an old Chuck Berry riff, it's also not one of their most original tunes. That being said, I wish Collide would have tried to tackle something along the lines of "Helter Skelter" or, keeping in line with just the hits, perhaps "Strawberry Fields". I would have loved to see how kaRIN & Statik's dark wave sensibilities would have melded with that psychedelic gem. And instead of Chris Isaak's "Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing", how about his biggest and most beautiful hit "Wicked Game" which would have allowed kaRIN to really soar vocally. "Baby" is a bit of a misstep and I think it kind of stalls the flow of the album a bit.

For me, the lush versions of both Pink Floyd tracks ("Breathe" and "Comfortably Numb") equal or surpass the originals. The sequencing of the tracks is well thought out for the most part, with these two being the first and the last. Collide's version of The Moody Blues' "Nights in White Satin" is stunning- that magical combination of kaRIN's sultry vocals and Statik's amazing sonic arsenal. Other favorites include Radiohead's "Creep", David Essex' "Rock On", David Bowie's "Space Oddity" and "Tusk" by Fleetwood Mac.

For fans, "These Eyes Before" is an essential addition to your collection. For anyone who appreciates a great covers album, "Eyes" is a fascinating place to visit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2009
I have long kept a mental wishlist of songs and people I would desperately love to pair up. Sometimes you just crave hearing someone else's take on a fantastic melody, or sublime lyrics. So when I heard Collide had crafted an album of covers, I could not wait to experience it. My curiosity was piqued at the prospect of seeing what they had chosen to cover... and how they approached the songs. My anticipation wasn't wasted.

The moment I heard the unmistakable Collide sound melding sinuously with the long familiar notes of Knights In White Satin, I was hooked. Statik and kaRin seduce this song in ways that leave me breathless, creating something completely and compellingly new.

I was floored by the selections. I loved the bravery of tackling Radiohead, David Bowie, and Pink Floyd... and doing it in ways that not only made me love the songs anew, but cemented my pure adoration for Collide. The way they crafted these songs make me forget I am listening to covers. It is a whole new audio adventure with Statik and kaRin.

And I have to say, even before I heard it, I knew I was going to love Tusk. Tusk is one of those songs that has stuck with me since childhood. Vivid memories of Fleetwood Mac on hot summer days at the lake are some of my prized soul possessions. And now to have Collide's version of it takes my imagination straight to a fabulous place of lusty, stomping rhythms and silken chants. My childhood memory all dressed up, and ready for a little rebellion!

Needless to say, the album in it's entirety is like sliding down an auditory rabbit hole with Alice. You won't soon forget the journey, nor will you want to!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 22, 2010
Noiseplus Music unleashes the latest: These Eyes Before; a new release by Collide revitalizing 10 classic rock favorites every music aficionado will recognize and cherish.

Truly something for everyone is reflected in These Eyes Before. I love it when I open up a brand new CD and immediately begin to sing along! Collide's talent shines with silky vocals and multi-faceted soundscapes creating a cavalcade of entirely unique and new experiences, melding both past and present audio delights beautifully.

If ever a band composed an entire CD of cover songs and, making them their own, without losing any integrity of the original work, then Collide succeeds within These Eyes Before. Take "White Rabbit" (Jefferson Airplane) covered by Collide on Chasing the Ghost [2000]; which rose in college radio and underground music club popularity until critical-mass, acquiring mainstay status at gothic clubs around the world. (Try `Goth Bowling' to Collide's rendition of "White Rabbit"!)

Most notable favorites include "Come Together", "I Feel You", "Creep", and "Tusk",

Statik's layers of synchopated noise march "Tusk" alongside the Putnam City North High School Marching Band, cohesively delivering a surreal, 50-yard-line gyration effect.

~Sonya Brown - [...]
Editorial consult by: Jett Black
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2009
I have been a fan of Collide for quite some time now. I own all of their albums, but wasn't sure how I felt about this one when it was announced. I'm not really a big fan of cover songs, but I have to say that this album tops my expectations. It's now one of my favorites. They've taken some of my old favorites, and added their own personal touch of Collide to them, and that makes it worth buying. These Eyes Before is definitely at the top of my list of CDs that I have gotten this year. I can't wait to hear what Collide has in store for us next.
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on January 26, 2010
First of all, I should say that I have not been a huge Collide fan. So, on a whim I bought this CD. I have been playing it ever since, and will continue to do so until my ears start bleeding.

Collide not only re-covers these classic songs, they completely re-imagine them. However, in so doing they have not taken any of the originality from the song, or the care that the original artists put into it. You will still recognize every song from the original, but Collide adds their own special sound. The result takes nothing away, but instead adds a whole new dimension to the beauty and meaning of the song.

To me, the best songs are "Nights in White Satin", "Creep", "Space Oddity", "Tusk" and "Comfortably Numb", the last adding a whole new level of creepiness to Pink Floyd's original. kaRIN's sultry and sexy voice on "Comfortably Numb" leaves the listener with an uneasy feeling of dread. I defy you to listen to this song without a shiver going down your spine.

It goes without saying that I highly recommend this CD. The only problem I have with it at all is that it's over before I want it to be. Collide, if you are listening, you have really hit the mark with this CD.
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on October 30, 2013
Restrain me now! Singing like Milla Jovovich acts (enigmatic, enticing, but no fooling around), the incomparable KaRin wraps around these covers as if they were her own. Check that intonation on the word "before" in Nights In White Satin, and the subtle touch of vocoder (probably - no definitely - the best cover of this song ever); the breath in the brilliant Breathe; and when was the last time you heard David Essex's Rock On - well ahead of its time then, but brought bang up to date now (with a bass that moves the subfloor). The restrained ambient, trip hop, industrial, electro rock arrangements by the one and only Statik are just sublime. But then you wouldn't expect anything less.
Some really interesting choices here: you would expect, perhaps, Space Oddity and Comfortably Numb; but Creep (blistering!), Tusk, Baby Did A Bad, Bad Thing, I Feel You? Now that's what I call inspired. A rocking, darkwave Come Together rounds off the tracklist on this wonderful decalogy.
There's only one band with a sound like this, and if you ain't heard it yet you better start listening.
Fantastic record. Hope they do another one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2009
Knowing the album will turn out well is one thing. Experiencing the album and having it far surpass your expectations is something else entirely. Nice work.
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