Box Of Secrets Review

artist: Blood Red Shoes date: 05/13/2010 category: compact discs
Blood Red Shoes: Box Of Secrets
Release Date: Apr 15, 2008
Label: Mercury
Genres: Indie Rock
Number Of Tracks: 11
Blood Red Shoes' sound is very back to basics- There are only two members: Laura-Mary Carter (Guitar, vocals) and Steven Ansell.
 Sound: 8.5
 Lyrics: 8
 Overall Impression: 8.5
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overall: 7.7
Box Of Secrets Reviewed by: :..*lazy*..:, on june 04, 2008
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Sound: Blood Red Shoes' sound is very back to basics- There are only two members: Laura-Mary Carter (Guitar, vocals) and Steven Ansell. Despite this, their sound is very catchy and memorable thanks to their songs being made up mostly of riffs. Their style is very indie/punk, as Laura admits her influences are 'Babes in Toyland' and 'Courtney Love's Hole', so if you prefer simplicity over technicality, this is a great album. They prefer to use Telecaster plugged into JCM2000's, (cranked of course) so expect plenty of overdriven riffery. // 8

Lyrics: The lyrics of the songs on the album are quite poetic in some cases, which makes a difference from all the what-the-hell lyrics of many a punk band today. Laura and Steven use harmonies and repeats to make the words sound like a mantra, very wavy and psycadelic, in my opinion. The singer's skills are not overtly impressive, but they are good and fit with the music. They are loud when they need to be to fit with the guitar parts. Laura and Steven's shouts fall in with the music and give it a more punky feel. I'll give this a 7 as lyrics a repeated alot, which means sometimes songs can get repetitive. // 7

Overall Impression: The things I love about this album is that it is different: the simple, catchy lines are very memorable, and do not compare to other albums where the playing is mainly made of chords- here it is mainly single note lines. Standout tracks are 'It's getting boring by the Sea' because of the catchy riffs and lyrics, 'This is not for you' because of the use of heavy and light riffs and melodic lyrics. And 'Forgive Nothing' for a great, yet simple riff that continues throughout the whole song. However,the repetitve nature of the words at points sometimes can get boring. However, if this album was stolen, I will buy it again as it hooks onto like glue. Overall, I like it alot, but metalheads or fans of Joe Satriani or Paul Gilbert might have a hard time fitting into the simplicity. // 8

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overall: 9
Box Of Secrets Reviewed by: GoodCharloteSux, on may 13, 2010
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Sound: Blood Red Shoes displays a minimalistic yet refreshing spin to what some may refer as a floundering English Alternative Rock/Indie scene. Steven Ansell(Percussion-Vocals) and Laura-Mary Carter(Guitar-Vocals) make up this dynamic duo. Their debut album "Box of Secrets" melds the eccentricity of some of their Alt Rock predecessors yet keeps intact a beautiful combination of harmony and rawness. // 9

Lyrics: The lyrics in "Box of Secrets" are honest and clearly based on experiences and observations from an everyday patron. Whether reflecting on relationships woes (I Wish I was Someone Better)Dealing with loss (Say Something Say Anything) or being a spastic person who can't concentrate (ADHD) Blood Red Shoes lyrics are straight forward and cut with pure genuine conviction. Both Ansell and Carter harmonize and share vocal duties and do a great job being a counter balance to each of their original and powerful vocal styles. // 9

Overall Impression: Blood Red Shoes bring a great mix of energy and power without compromising on melody. The album does not include any bass guitar but with Carter's chunky and raw tone, it doesn't feel that way. "Box of Secrets" songs all sound as if there is a common theme in mind and BRS' writing style is driven home from track 1 to track 11; Simple and catchy. If you don't like track 1 then you probably won't like track 11. The dynamic vocals and stylings have a reminiscent Fugazi twinge with the high and low mix of Ansell and Carter. Interesting tempo progressions and changes are also to be noted. If this album was stolen I would definitely go repurchase it! // 9

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