Quietdrive
When All That's Left Is You


4.0
excellent

Review

by Fugue USER (58 Reviews)
December 3rd, 2008 | 18 replies | 4,894 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: When All That’s Left Is You is a very consistent debut album that is only let down because it has all been done before.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Quietdrive are an American pop-punk band based in Minneapolis. “When All That's Left Is You” is their debut LP, and combines generic pop with alternative rock to create a widely appealing album full of blissful pop anthems with a bite. Although being released in 2006, most of the songs had been put together beforehand, with six of the ten tracks appearing in an earlier EP. This contributes to the professional design and structure of the album, which belies the band’s years.

All through the album you will be subject to many a catchy chorus and although the general song structure (verse, chorus, verse, chorus, chorus) differs very little throughout the tracks, the band show enough diversity in their music to prevent this system from failing, and to keep the listeners attention at all times. “Rise From The Ashes” is a great opening track, and debatable the best song on the album. The sheer energy and the poetic lyrics, along with the catchy hooks and sing-along chorus are all arranged in perfect harmony, and the song succeeds in getting attention, setting the rest of the album up brilliantly. In fact, each one of the first six songs are great, with all the songs being extremely melodic and highly emotional. “Get Up” continues the excellent start to the record in a completely different vein to the opener. It is possibly the most emotionally driven song on the album with a marvelously sung chorus and gorgeous riff all the way through.

The second half of the album continues the trend of the first, extremely likable, catchy tunes that are consistent only in their quality. However this half of the album seems to focus more on the pop aspect of the band’s music, with more emphasis on the poppy piano lines, and lead singer Kevin Truckenmiller’s vocals seem slightly less edgy than on the first five tracks. “I Lie Awake” demonstrates this subtle change perfectly. With a brilliant chorus and beautiful vocals all the way through, this song is the vocal highlight of the album, with Truckenmiller demonstrating his superb talent. “Time After Time”, a cover of the Cyndi Lauper song is another late highlight, and a great song on its own. However it seems misplaced in the album, and should really have been the closer.

Throughout, the music complements itself perfectly; guitars, pianos, drums and even violins, added to the beautifully crisp vocalization of Truckenmiller make for a musical feast, giving off a tender yet powerful aura. Although the quality drops slightly after the first two songs, the rest of the album is consistently good, with no real weak tracks so to speak of. In fact, the only real negative that can be taken from this album is that it is so short. Clocking in at just over half an hour, this album makes sure it doesn’t outstay its welcome, but in doing so seems to end prematurely, and on a down note with “Both Ways” which, while a good track, isn’t a memorable enough closer to do the album enough justice.

Quietdrive’s “When All That's Left Is You” is simply a fun album, and as perfect as a guilty pleasure can get. While not breaking any boundaries, this semi-generic rock album will deliver more pleasure than one would think, and is certainly not one to be overlooked. For fans of pop, this is an overlooked gem – although don’t expect anything revolutionary if you are less fond of the genre, as everything here has been done before.

Standout Tracks
Rise From The Ashes
Get Up
Time After Time

Overall 4.0 Excellent



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Fugue
December 3rd 2008



7352 Comments


Had this album on my computer for a while but didn't start listening to it until about a month ago. Saw it didn't have a review so I thought I would do my part.

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
December 3rd 2008



7983 Comments


I do really like the Time After Time cover, haven't heard the rest. Great review

Fugue
December 3rd 2008



7352 Comments


Thanks, I wasn't sure what people would think of the review as it seems, to me at least, a little smug =/. But yeah, if you liked Time after time you should listen to Rise from the ashes.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
December 3rd 2008



20856 Comments


Solid review Ross. I may give this a listen in the new year. Just a pet hate of mine though; Try to chuck in some ‘Recommended By Reviewer’ albums to show who the reviewed band is most similar to… Especially if you do not compare them to anyone in the body of the review. Although I could probably guess in this case.

badtaste
December 4th 2008



824 Comments


Nice review g.

captainbrett
December 4th 2008



14 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i'm with you on a good chunk of the review. you give it a little bit more credit than it deserves though. decent album, worth having listened to.

I'd compare them to the touchy feely Saosin songs. every now and again, you can hear a little bit of incubus too. pop punk, emphasis on the 'pop'.

Fugue
December 4th 2008



7352 Comments


Davey: OK, done and done. To be honest I just missed the feature, I'll probably try and use it more in the future

badtaste: thanks

captainbrett: yeah I was initially planning to give it 3.5, but on listening to it whilst reviewing it, realized I liked it enough to warrant a 4 rating.This Message Edited On 12.04.08

Gyromania
April 13th 2009



15489 Comments


I just heard 'Time After Time' on the radio and decided to check out the review on here for the band. Ironically enough, you wrote it, lol. The Time After Time remake was amazing... though I just listened to the original, shitty version of it.

Fugue
April 13th 2009



7352 Comments


Can't get away from me huh? Unfortunately this review didn't get a lot of attention, I guess Quietdrive are one of those bands only on the periphery of success. I agree that Time After Time is a brilliant track, I liked the original quite a but, but this version is much better. This Message Edited On 04.13.09

Gyromania
April 13th 2009



15489 Comments


I didn't like the original, not sure why. And no, guess I just can't get enough, lol. I added you to msn btw.

MusiclessLifeless
November 5th 2009



21 Comments


Their cover of Time After Time is still one of my favorite covers ever. It's brilliant.

Oliver
November 5th 2009



118 Comments


Anybody listen to their new ep? its actually pretty decent.

Fugue
November 5th 2009



7352 Comments


Their cover of Time After Time is still one of my favorite covers ever. It's brilliant.


Yeah their version of Time After Time is probably the best I have heard.

Anybody listen to their new ep? its actually pretty decent.


They have a new EP? Oh cool thanks for the info, I might check it out as it sounds like it could be interesting.

Oliver
November 5th 2009



118 Comments


Indeed, it is titled Close Your Eyes and is streaming on their myspace.


Its better than their sophomore album imo.

http://www.myspace.com/quietdrive

BrushedRed
February 23rd 2012



989 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really enjoyed this one. I'd say a 4 is accurate. To me, my favorite song is "Let Me Go In." One of the lesser popular songs on the cd

Gyromania
February 23rd 2012



15489 Comments


After all this time I still enjoy this .

skoopy48
November 3rd 2012



1478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good album by good band, thay have a whole album of covers now if you like time after time

Gyromania
April 15th 2013



15489 Comments


time after time really brings back memories. beautiful, sad memories. hearing it now for the first time in over 4 years and it still affects me



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