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Everything You Want Part 2,
This review is from: Go (Audio CD)
Vertical Horizon's 1999 CD "Everything You Want" was the album that made me a fan. This was an album filled with melodic pop tracks that made for "singles material galore". Four years later the band releases "Go", an album that just doesn't sound much different than "Everything You Want". The problem is, I can't decide if this is good or bad.
"Go" is filled with several standout tracks. The album's first single, "I'm Still Here", has an anthemic chorus that embeds itself in your head for hours. "Goodbye Again" and "It's Over" are two decent ballads, though they don't quite measure up to "Best I Ever Had (Grey Sky Morning)" from "Everything You Want".
At first I was pleased that Vertical Horizon didn't try to experiment with a radical new sound on this album. However, after listening to the CD a few times, a lot of the songs started to sound the same. Though this can also be said of some of the songs on "Everything You Want" as well, it is more prominent on "Go". I also have to admit that "Everything You Want" is clearly the better album from a purely melodic standpoint. There's nothing on "Go" quite as good as "Finding Me" or "Best I Ever Had (Grey Sky Morning)".
Lastly, the brekup theme that embeds itself in nearly every Vertical Horizon song grows tiresome after a while. While admittedly they do write some of the best breakup songs out there, it'd be nice for them to find some new source material. With titles like "When You Cry", "I'm Still Here", "It's Over", and "Goodbye Again", you can begin to see the pattern. Why can't the band attempt to write just one song that praises their significant others, instead of always criticizing them? This band appears to have a lot of bitterness when it comes to relationships, and that bitterness is clearly expressed in their music.
Overall, "Go" is a slightly watered down, less melodic continuation of "Everything You Want". If you liked their 1999 album, then you'll probably like "Go". "Go" was hardly worth the four year wait, however, especially since it sounds like it was written during the "Everything You Want" sessions. If you're a fan of Vertical Horizon, "Go" buy "Go". Otherwise, you'll probably find it redundant and not worth the money.