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Vinyl, February 4, 2014
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In its 11 tracks, HIPV makes a definitive statement about the contours of progressive rock, and where they intend to take the form. Produced by Jim Wirt (Incubus, Something Corporate), "Life in Dreaming" is a collective effort from five like-minded musicians.
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After the first couple times listening to the CD, I kept wanting more but had no idea why. There wasn't a single track that jumped out to me as unbelievable, yet I couldn't take it out of my CD player either. Eventually I started singing some of the songs in my head, a dead giveaway that a CD has begun to wear on you, and I sit here today still able to say that the CD is in constant rotation in my car a year later.
Don't get me wrong, this CD did not reach the potential that I thought it could, but there are signs that the band is close to making something of themselves. Anyone claiming they are similar to such acts as "Creed" or "Limp Bizkit" didn't listen to the CD and is just going on what others told them for the sound, instruments, producing, and lyrics have no similarities to either ninties rock acts. There are 11 tracks on the CD, 7 of which I will always listen to, 4 of which are "EXCELLENT" songs.
Track 1, "Bleed For You" should have been the first single for the band. It's fast paced, utilizes the strengths of the band which are hard guitars, one singer belting out harmonic pleads while the other screams over top. Plain and simple, an excellent track and worth downloading if not interested in the CD as a whole. Track 3, "A Minor Detail" might seem ordinary on the CD, but the band plays remarkebly well live, which is why I will give it a better grade then most. Again, fast paced with both singers used frequently. The best track on the CD, and actually one of the best rock tracks I have heard in quite some time, is track 5 "Twenty Below". This is really the first track where the band begins to let some of their emotions out, but what makes it special is the ability for the band to almost change sounds entirely on three different occasions on the track. The song starts slow, picks up in the middle, and then dies down completely to a heart wrenching end. Its a roller coaster of a song that anyone that has lost a loved one would not only understand, but appreciate. To me, the best of the track is the very end, after the belting vocals of "Feel like twenty below?" to go back to an acoustic set for the final "Just wait and you'll see you're everything I want...". It is an absolute perfect ending to a great track. The final song, "Halcyon Daze" is one of the weaker songs to most critics because of its slow pace and blandness. I won't dispute either case as there is nothing extraordinary at first listen. What one needs to do is listen to the words though and understand that its a story, not just a filler song. Put yourself in place of the Rob singing the song and I promise you'll appreciate the song.
I wish I could give this CD 5 stars, but even though some of the tracks are excellent, having four songs that I will always skip doesn't allow me to give the CD a perfect grade. The promise is still their for greatness, it just hasn't been reached yet.
1. bleed for you - 10/10 - amazing song. this was very popular before this cd came out, and it has alot of meaning. great song writing, and much darker than ppl think.
2. ashes, ashes - 9/10 - the first single, and it makes a statement, as hipv is often critiqued for lack of origionality. it may not be the most origional song, but they are very diverse. it sounds almost nothing like the previous track. very fast and i love the almost screaming chorus
3. a minor detail - 9/10 - this reminded me ALOT of the old tbs, but just because its not something that sounds completely different from everything else doesnt make it bad. great song
4. the point - 9/10 - slow song. well written. catchy. what more can i say? very good song
5. 20 below - 9/10 - this was a favorite before the full length came out. alot of ppl are saying it was butchered. it wasnt. its better than it was, and i thought that it used to be overrated. not anymore
6. garden statement - 10/10 - this, ladies and gentlemen, is hipv. amazing song, well written, catchy chorus, and it changes throughout. its like 3 different, great songs all rolled into one. the first of the top 5 of the cd
7. the innocent ones -8/10- good slow song, but just good. i consider it one of the weaker songs on the cd, but i never skip it when playing it.
8. american classic - 15/10 - my favorite on the cd. somebody said that they slowed this song down, thats crazy. its still fast-paced, and just a fun song about a very relatable topic, moving on in life and friends going away. they added alot of guitar to this, which i think is great. extremely well written
9. in memory- 10/10- when i first heard this song, i didnt think much of it. it grew on me. one of the top 5 of this cd
10. top 5 addictions- 10/10- very catchy chorus. this and "american classic" are the two songs that i think they really take advantage of two great vocalists in. fast, heavy, awesome song. another one of the top 5
11. halcyon daze- 12/10- amazing. just amazing. probably the best song writer we've ever seen from hipv. very mature. second best on the cd. great vocals. one of the best slow songs i have ever heard. and i've heard alot of slow songs
the best cd of the year so far. 1000000x times better than there previous ep's, which were outstanding (well mostly). dont buy into all the not origional stuff: hipv is amazing. you have to get this cd
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