Sound — 10
As Tall As lions is an Indie Rock band that has gone under the radar for a while, despite having 2 full records and 2 EPs. ATAL combines a solid beat that anyone can follow and adds layers upon layers upon it. Each layer has its own voice and is real distinguishable from everything else. As the band said themselves, this is the sound that they're distinguishing themselves as. it's easy on the ears, but the layers they add give it a depth that keeps them interested. 01. Stab City - this song starts off slow, with piano ringing in the background like chimes. They slowly add in guitar and vocal tracks that bring a distinct sound to the build up. The chorus is big and full, with big brass in the background, though a bit muffled. 02. Song For Luna - much like the last song, piano chimes in the background, though this one has a faster pass and a starts off with a bouncy bassline. The guitar is more pronounced here. 03. A Break, A Pause - it starts off with just vocal and piano, sounding like from an old radio. The Keyboards carry this song well. The Chorus is smooth and sings nicely. Everything layers quite well. 04. Love, Love, Love (Love, Love) - the song starts with a drawn baseline, with a high pitched chime that compliments it well. The chorus kicks in with lots of vocal melody, still holding the same smooth bass. This is one of those song you'll find yourself listening over and over. The build up at the second chorus is rather grand and it ends with a bit of a twist, but it's rather pleasant. 05. Ghost Of York - this song starts with a simple guitar progression, with the bass complimenting well. The drums kick in fast pass and the song makes a sudden shift, which plays out quite well. Organs make another appearance here as well and add a lot to the depth of the verse. 06. Milk & Honey - this song is much lighter than the rest. It starts with a soothing riff and carrys on soft and sweet, much like the title indicates. The chorus is where the song brings a lot of it's life. 07. Be Here Now - it starts with big, larger chords and cuts to just drums, vocals, and keyboard. The guitar makes it way with a tasty riff, and the chorus just kicks in fast and grabs you. The constant shifts in the song keep your attention. The Vocals really shine through here, it's one you'll just have to listen to yourself the get the full effect. 08. I'm Kicking Myself - another soft song, carefully strummed on acoustic and piano gives a lot of background depth. 09. Where Do I Stand? - it starts off with chimes and a citar like effect, with acoustic strumming fading in and out. Vocal melodys carry this song well, and kick in with a strong drum track. The song gets big and vibrant towards the end. 10. Maybe I'm Just Tired - the song starts off with a thoughtful piano line and escalates to a vibrant mix of layers of sound that all sing.
Lyrics — 9
The lyrics are about big city life, all the sadness that it entails. Songs about love, bad choices and relationships. Overall, the lyrics and music match well, sounding out of place almost never. The lines are delivered well, with a certain tone that gives them a weight. They feel powerfully smooth. The singer's voices carries well throughout also. Rarely feeling out of place.
Overall Impression — 10
As Tall As Lions delivers a sonic experience that rarely lets you down. Solid work from every member, each adding a flavor of they're own to the mix that stacks up to be a vivid journey of sound. The overall impression this album gives you will stick with you. You'll listen to it over and over again. It's just that good.