Top critical review
One person found this helpful
Somewhat the same, but different for better or worse
on November 12, 2005
This album is somewhat similar to the first in that it has very catchy hummable chorus'. The guitars are less chunky and thrashing than the first album, and the tuning is a little different.
Most of the songs on dawn escapes start with a piano intro of some sort and then almost immediately jump into a hard rock ballad. This could have been a cool concept if only the piano intro's went at a different tempo and went for longer than two measures. I personally think they could have done some stuff a little more creative than bland piano intros that barely intertwine with the actual song. When compared to their first album, the beginnings of the songs are just not as creative.
While on the topic of creativity, the song structures all together are a little bit more ran together with less synth effects and less breakdowns and less originality in guitar riffs. So right about now you're saying: ok, so why are you comparing dawn escapes so much to the first album? my answer: because the first album was better. I did however give dawn escapes 3 stars.
I give it 3 stars because there are some good songs and you can still tell that the band did what they wanted to do and are changing. This is a very good thing when trying to figure out where a band is headed. However they could have made more advanced strides to becoming a very unique band. Songs such as "searchlights" and "moonlit" are strong openers and crows pleasers. Virtually all of the songs have crappy break downs if any and the backup overdub vocals are a little gay and repetitive at times.
I'm going to leave the christian hoop-lah out of it because I dont think religious influence has any place in a review based on listenability. That said, buy both cd's listen to the crashings more