Artist: "Common Rider"
Album: "This Is Unity Music"
Genre: Alternative Rock
Label: Hopeless Records
Review: "This is Unity Music" is the second and final album from Common Rider. Fronted by Jesse Michaels from Operation Ivy fame, he brings the same excess amount of energy from his previous band, but now with talent. On this album, he keeps a similar reggae/ska/rock mix with a far more polished sound to the power trio style. Two things that really stand out while listening are the vocals and lyrics. The vocals can come across smooth and silky or gritty as paper made from sand. The lyrics are usually profound, poetic, poignant or just a lyrical high-five. Sometimes it almost sounds like a rap because of the rapid fire way he sings:
"Truth be told you're at least half goldTaken from the second song "Small Pebble," this line just sounds extremely sexy if nothing else. Clocking in at roughly half an hour of music over 12 songs, it might seem a bit short, but you can definitely listen to it multiple times (or days) in a row. In fact, I recommend it... I drive a lot and still buy CDs regularly, so if Iím going someplace short, even to and from work itís a perfect length. Also, all the songs are really, really catchy.
I love ya like a dog loves to run and ramble
Make the brook babble and let the bell ring
Don't let the action of factual things fracture your casual swing"
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)
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