Sound — 8
The band is a very ranging band, using almost progressive metal and a lot of mystical keyboard beauty to integrate and infuse all kinds of music together in almost every song the band performs. Discovered by System of a Down's Serj Tankian, the band released it's first full-length album, Fables from a Mayfly: What I Tell You Three Times Is True, and it solidified their position in the world of rock. Touring vigorously, the band is know for amazing shows where the lead singer, Darroh Sudderth (who has possibly the most ranging voice in rock today) even can be seen hanging from rafters and the rest of the band can be seen in and out of the crowd. Sudderth's vocal range can go from a high falsetto to a low, growling scream within a second. The guitar in the band also is very noticable. Playing at a drop C, the guitar in most of the songs continues to surprise. Piano/keyboard in the music continually mystifies the listener, and the breakbeat style of drumming is impressive to all. Don't be suprised if Fair to Midland is the next big thing in music.
Lyrics — 7
The poetic lyrics of Fair to Midland are full of figures-of-speech and many phrases your grandmother had probably told you to try to teach you a lesson. What fans love about the lyrics is that even if they know what the song is about, they are all vague enough to insert your own feelings, experiences, and dreams into the music. Singing of the lyrics is increasingly impressive, especially after watching someone try to cover a FTM song. Some hear the vocals and say they're almost TOO intense to listen to; fans love that more than compliments that they're good.
Overall Impression — 10
Fair to Midland doesn't sound like an average band in contemporary music. A combination of Pink Floyd and Dropkick Murpheys is the closest comparison that comes to mind. The most noticable songs on the album are: Dance of the Manatee (the only single)+Kyla Cries Cologne (if you listen, they almost are a 2 part song. More songs are: Walls of Jericho, April Fools and Eggmen, A Wolf Descends on the Spanish Sahara, and the combination of Upgrade^Brigade and Say When.