Sound: For people that know Greeley Estates, they know that they have gotten heavier with each new album they released. They know that the band started off as more of a poppy rock/screamo band, with guitars only dropped down to Drop D. The singer sang back then... Then came Far from the Lies, which was a little heavier than the rest. Some songs were in Drop C, and there was a bit more screaming involved. Then... there was their big hit and breakout: Go West Young Man, Let the Evil Go East. The guitars were down to Drop C to most of the songs... and the singer screamed way more. It was their breakout album, and that's how they gained most of their popularity.
But now, here it is: No Rain, No Rainbow. Drop B guitars throughout the whole album. There is virtually no singing (with the exception of a few guest vocalists), and it is intense and frenetic. For some, this album is a HUGE step backward for the band. I think it's a step forward. The songs seem to be very thought out, and the guitars are phenomenal. Ryan's screaming has gone to a whole new level, and does not sound like any other screamer out there. He brings a uniqueness to the band.
The guitars are extremely well-produced, having a crisp sound to them and sharp accuracy. Fast riffs and odd time signatures (They Won't Stay Dead, Seven Hours) really do themselves well for this album. The drums shine on this album. But it's the guitars that bring the uniqueness with Ryan's screaming.
Each song tells a separate story... mostly about break-ups (Loyal.com, The Offer, Jealousy Breeds Killing Sprees) or even about being chased by the undead (They Won't Stay Dead, You'll Never Leave Vegas Alive), or drowning (Swim For Your Lives). The album overall is just very well thought-out and produced, making a grade-A sound. // 9
Lyrics: The lyrics throughout each song are kind of on and off. For the serious songs, the lyrics shine (The Offer, Loyal.com, Jealousy Breeds Killing Sprees, Friends Are Friends for Never). But for the less-serious songs, the lyrics don't really mean anything (They Won't Stay Dead, Swim for Your Lives). Maybe it's just because they're just for-fun songs, and are just meant to be enjoyed and listened to without having the songs criticized. I think that's what it is... // 8
Overall Impression: Greeley Estates is very unique in that their singer sounds nothing like the rest, and the guitars have very unique riffs, and the breakdowns don't use the usual rhythms you hear in other breakdowns. Most of them are extremely complicated, but they still have a rhythm to them. And that's what really stands out for me.
There is really nothing on this album that I do not like... except for the fact that I have no idea why Ryan doesn't sing anymore. He has a spectacular voice, as shown on their previous album. But, they took a new direction, so maybe it had to be done....
If you're on iTunes, and you have a limited amount of money, and you do not want to buy the whole album, then you should consider buying these ones:
01. I Shot the Maid
03. Friends Are Friends for Never
04. Jealousy Breeds Killing Sprees
05. Lying Through Your Teeth Doesn't Count As Flossing
06. You'll Never Leave Vegas Alive
All of the songs are great, but these are the standout ones. Overall... 9/10. Great work, Greeley. Can't wait to hear what you have for us for your next album! // 10