Sound — 8
I've been listening to Elliot Minor for a while; the demos they produced early last year were really phenomenal for a band that had only been together for a short period of time. As the album swings into the intro track 'Time After Time' the organ intro melts in perfectly with the clean guitars. This track shows promise for things to come on this record, it's stretching to length of being extraordinary, epic even. It is clear that there is some classical influence on this record, with guitar riffs accompanied by enchanting piano ballads. I have to say there are parts to this record where they could have made it better; it has a sense of being a little bit too repetitive and in parts to an extent of whining rather than singing. Songs such as 'Still Figuring Out' is living proof of this and with first listen you'd expect it to be something off a Mcfly album. But there are two songs that make up for the odds disappointment. Moving onto the singing I like the way they have used two vocalists, Alex and Ed complement each other perfectly and if one was missing the album would have no diversity what'soever. Take 'Silently' this song is incredible on so many levels, the intro is stripped down to just Alex, a piano and haunting strings echoing in the background. This is the song where both of the vocal abilities are proved for greatness and also the classical influence is clear, this song is epic and deserves a good few listens to grasp the effect. 'Elliot Minor' is not a record for everyone, with it's radio friendly songs and a sound that is alternatively Taking Back Sunday meeting muse, it has a clean catchy edge with some repetitive hooks but all in all it's a decent first album and deserves at least three fair listens.
Lyrics — 7
In this field is where the album is let down. The lyrics are extremely basic and considering the song titles e.g. 'Still Figuring Out' it's to be expected. 'Still figuring out how to stay like this forever still figuring out today' not the most complex of all lyrics and in comparison to the way the song is built up the icing on the cake truly is disappointing. But then again such songs as 'The Broken Minor' and 'The liar is you' fight a decent front against the weaker songs but it's still not enough to compensate for entire album. It's very angsty and lyrically speaking it is proof of Pop-punk influences. On the plus side of the lyrics being so simple it doesn't take away the attention from the sound, but if it did then some of the songs would be epic to an extent that Muse reach for with their records. This is their first album and they are young musicians and in pro it does show promise for further developments from these guys. One of the things I admire is how they have managed to suit the lyrics to the songs, again, 'Silently' shows a perfect diversity of meaningful lyrics colliding with truly beautiful and harmonic music.
Overall Impression — 8
I have been waiting for this record for a while; critics have been gashing their teeth into Elliot Minor viciously too. This record is polished with raging guitars accompanied by harmonic strings and piano melodies to die for. But it also carries the mainstream disease of repetitiveness and in parts it does leave your mind asking the question, What the hell is this? I have to admit I was a little disappointed the first time I listened but as it plays again and again it grows into some kind of wild flower. At times it reminds of bands such as Mcfly with it's simple chord connections and catchy choruses. But then again the layers of sound are a match to the likes of Panic At The Disco and yeah the lyrics aren't up to a great standard but at the end of the day when you have 'The Broken Minor' blaring from the speakers there is a taste of the future in the air. This isn't the greatest album to be released this year but it's one of the most memorable and it could even possibly be a masterpiece. Elliot Minor have created a library of songs that reflect them as a band that will be around the music scene for quite a while and love or hate them they do have talent, and talent like this doesn't come along that easily.