Fair To Midland - Arrows & Anchors review
|Band:||Fair To Midland|
|Album:||Arrows & Anchors|
|Release date:||July 2011|
01. Heavens To Murgatroyd
02. Whiskey & Ritalin
03. Musical Chairs
05. Amarillo Sleeps On My Pillow
06. A Loophole In Limbo
07. Typhoid Mary Sends Her Best
08. Short-Haired Tornado
09. The Upset At Bailey Bridge
10. Rikki Tikki Tavi
11. Golden Parachutes
12. Bright Bulbs & Sharp Tools
13. Coppertank Island
14. Three Foolproof Ways To Buy The Farm
15. The Greener Grass
16. Pour The Coal To 'Er [bonus]
If you like prog, no sorry, if you like any melodic metal then Arrows & Anchors has been waiting for you. Fair To Midland is a band who brings a perfectly large variety of styles, moods, and textures but that's not important. What's important is just how damn good it all is.
Apparently Fair To Midland has been around since 1998 and Arrows & Anchors is their fourth full-length album. Questions such as, "Why have I not heard of Fair To Midland before?" and, "Where have you been all my life?" are swirling around my head.
They released their previous album and EP on Serjical Strike records (ran by System Of A Down mainman Serj Tankian) and did some pretty impressive touring and festival gigs with him. After what looks like several years on the road, the band released their pent up emotions in the form of this beautiful new album.
These are some damn beautiful songs with aching harmonies and a permeating darkness throughout… but I hesitate to focus on that. What I remember when I think of this album is how fun it was, even darkly whimsical at times. Without sacrificing an ounce of sincerity, this album makes me smile.
Musically, the instrumentation is quite heavy while still making accommodations for everything from dreamier, rock-like styles all the way to some pretty hard hitting extreme moments. Of course the vocals are wonderful; singer Darroh Sudderth is responsible for many of the texture changes himself as he is able to subtly bring the extremes of both power and tenderness to his instrument.
If you've already been following Fair To Midland then you're one step ahead of me. If not, then congratulations, you've just been introduced to something great.
Written on 01.10.2011 by
Susan appreciates quality metal regardless of sub-genre. Metal Storm Staff since 2006.
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