Burning the Days
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2009 release from the Alternative Pop rockers, their sixth studio album overall and, first release since 2003. Burning The Days features guest appearances from Rush drummer Neil Peart and Pop singer/songwriter Richard Marx. Vertical Horizon has had quite a career thus far: the album Everything You Want sold over 1.5 million copies with the title song hitting #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 and Adult Top 40 charts. The song was the most played song of 2000. Their other successes at radio include 'You're A God' (#4 on Billboard's Adult Chart) and 'Best I Ever Had (Grey Sky Morning)', which in 2005, became a Top 20 country hit for Gary Allen.
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Vertical Horizon gets a little help from friends on this offering. Neil Peart (Rush drummer) lends a hand on "Save Me From Myself", "Welcome To The Bottom", and "Even Now", which he also co-wrote. Richard Marx tickles the ivories on the schmaltzy ballad, "Here", a song that would sound right at home on one of his recent CDs. Marx also lends a hand producing some of Scannell's vocals. In case you missed it, Marx and Scannell have been quite the collaborators recently; Scannell helped Marx remember what it is like to rock on his CD "Emotional Remains".
Fans of the last two Vertical Horizon records should delight in "Burning the Days". Nothing is as intensely radio-friendly as their hits "Everything You Want" or "You're a God" - it takes a couple spins, but great rewards await as the hooks begin to reveal themselves. Like many of Scannell's songs, the verses can be a bit quiet and mundane, but he more than makes up for that with a soaring and memorable chorus. No song really races past mid-tempo, so listening to the album all the way through can be a chore, especially towards the end where the songs get significantly longer but less interesting. But in isolation, many of these songs are terrific, and to hear Scannell's voice back in action is a real treat. Highlights for me include "All Is Said and Done", "The Lucky One", "The Middle Ground", and "Carrying On".
Best tracks: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 9
Bill's Music Forum review
I have to echo the question asked by so many reviewers - where's Keith in all this? Having one primary voice for the entire album gives it a unified feel that the older releases sometimes lacked, but it also reduces the variety of the tracks on the disc. Hopefully we hear more from him on the next release, and hear it soon.
Meanwhile I've had "Burning the Days" on continuous play for a week now, and it's got plenty of reps left to go.
"Burning the Days" is an excellent record from song 1 through song 12. With other great singles just waiting to be released. It is an excellent cd and something that should be enjoyed by anyone looking for something else. Welcome back, Vertical Horizon!!
My favorite VH songs are "On The Sea" and "The Man Who Would Be Santa" and there are several tracks on this album that remind me of those songs. "Even Now, and "I Believe in You" are great songs and have several parts where you can just listen to the lyrics and guitars.
Welcome back guys!