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Hello, friends of perfect music.
on October 12, 2005
It seems like it's hard enough for bands with only one singer to create an album that sounds consistent, and is consistently good, the whole way through - so when Daniel Victor takes a dozen artists from all walks of the music scene to front his songs, it seems anything but possible to have an album that's not just full of great songs, but fits together perfectly as well. Fortunately for music lovers, he does just that, and has created something that I would describe as one of the best albums of the last few years. It's definitely for a certain mood - this isn't necessarily a pick-me-up album, or something you're listening to on the way to the bar - but it does it better than anyone else. Many will argue that it's not easily accessible - other than the fantastic "The Grace" sung by Dallas Green, nothing else on the album sounds like what could be considered a single - but that's fine, because the fact that this album is created as an album, and not a few catchy hooks with separate filler, makes it infinitely more enjoyable than anything else on the market today. Standout tracks are the aformentioned "This Grace," "From What I Once Was," "Liar" featuring Raine Maida (although it's pretty apparent from the slightly less deep lyrics that wording was part of the hand he dabbled in on that collaboration), "Our Final Hymn," "This Longing", and the three best songs on the album, "I Hope Your Heart Runs Empty" with Scott Anderson of Finger Eleven, Todd Kerns' eerie "Life is A Dead Scene," and "Tired of Saving Souls," featuring John Campsey of little-known band Sleepway.
If you're a fan of any of these artists, you'll probably be surprised at the songs that they're performing, since they are, in most cases, vastly different from what they would normally do; at the same time, it adds dimensions you didn't know existed with many of these people, breaks them out of their predefined moulds, and gives an overall feeling that they're willing to come together and be part of great music, regardless of style - and heavenly music is exactly what this album accomplishes.