CDs: Moments in Grace - "Moonlight Survived"
By Brad Podray
Very often in the life of a music reviewer,
it is a struggle to come up with an opening statement to begin a CD review.
Thankfully, this is not one of those times:
A band called Moments in Grace has released
an album called "Moonlight Survived" and it is simply fantastic.
This is pop-rock laced with skilled musicianship,
incredibly competent songwriting, guitar and bass that demonstrate picturesque
melodies that you won't get out of your head even with a nine iron, resonating
rhythms, and vocals that simply shatter the seemingly unbreakable mold
of modern pop rock. Imagine if all of the members of Iron Maiden
had younger versions of themselves, armed with a pop-friendly mentality,
who decided to gear up and take on the world of music in 2004 and you'll
get an inkling of what Moments of Grace sounds like. The heart of
power-metal and the glorious return of high-pitched dignified male vocals
rear their heads throughout this album.
The soundscapes on this album form bright,
thick pictures subtlety glazed over by 80s influence, but not 80s influence
done in a campy way that is stupid and serves only to distract from the
fact that your band members aren't very good musicians(I'm looking at you,
The Darkness). Don't believe me? Check out tracks 2 and 4("The
Patient" and "My Dying Day" respectively) and I challenge you not to tell
me that the opening lines to The Patient(track 2 for those of you with
bad memories and forgot already) don't sound like an ultra-catchy Iron
Maiden opening while My Dying Day shows the same skills grazed over by
a shot of emo-pop influence(attention: don't let the word "emo" turn you
off from checking this album out. I'm not complimenting the emo influence
as much as simply acknowledging that it's there.) The
album is diverse, speeding up and slowing down without losing so much as
an ounce of energy or feeling. From the ultra groovy "The Blurring
Lines of Loss" to the lighter sentiments of "The Past," Moonlight Survived
proves itself to be a very non-formulaic album indeed.
Note: Just because I'm not mentioning the
other tracks doesn't mean that they are any worse than these. "Stratus,"
the title track, has a perfect radio-catchiness and "Morning Light" shows
off some great melodies.
Important note: This is a pop-rock band.
For a band that's clearly going to go for widespread appeal, it seems that
there's a little too much diversity in the album and a little too much
musicianship. The biggest fear that this reviewer has is that the
music will actually be too good for the top 40-obsessed audience to grasp.
But if they do catch, the reviewer can only rejoice for it'll mean that
the radio may eventually start to no longer be the enemy. It won't
change things, but it'll be one step in the right direction. Capsule
Statement: This is fantastic pop rock. Screw Nickelback, 3
Days Grace, whoever is on top at the time when I type this...If there's
any justice in the world, Moments in Grace will become a household name
as opposed to the aforementioned dumb bastards.
Sure to please: Pop rock fans who aren't
Sure to disappoint: Members of Nickelback,
Linkin Park, etc. They'll be out of a job soon.
in Grace - "Moonlight Survived"
My Dying Day
We Feel The Songs
My Stunning Bride
Distant And Longing Light
Blurring Lines Of Loss, The
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