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"Dancing Echoes / Dead Sounds" CD

Equal Vision Records

Genres: epic rock, alt rock

Equal Vision
P.O. Box 38202
Albany, NY 12203-8202

Mar 28 - Apr 3 2005

Codeseven's type of well-produced, epic rock gets me every time.  Dancing Echoes / Dead Sounds has a familiar radio-friendly nature, but there's enough solid composition here to keep a listener entertained for listens upon listens.  A song like "All The Best Dreams" is positively momentous, boasting a powerful chorus and a really explosive sound, full of grandeur.  While the album has a really cool epic feel and a distinct melodic potency, there's also a sense of musical maturity and technical skill here, so it should appeal to a broad audience, beyond the teenage realm that many alternative-style rock bands inhabit.

The more I listen to this record, the more I appreciate its songs.  Their catchy, subtly angsty sound is pretty accessible, and the melodies really grow on you.  Be it the echoing synths of "Nasty Little Revolution" or the instantly memorable (albeit vaguely emo-ish) chorus of "Roped and Tied", there's a lot to like on this record - assuming you can get over the alt-rock tendencies the band goes for.  Dancing Echoes/Dead Sounds is a perfectly enjoyable record, especially recommended for lovers of fine, epic rock.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 12 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2004]