Review Summary: The Sleeping has written a good album that will be a respectable addition to this catalog.
Long Island has been the birthplace of bands such as as Taking Back Sunday, Straylight Run, Brand New, and The Sleeping. Back in 2003, Salvatore and Cameron wanted to try something new after their time in Skycamefalling. So they created what is now known as The Sleeping. It has now been six years, and the band has just released their third full length album, What It Takes, on Victory Records. Throughout those six years the bands has shared the stage with the likes of seven label mates (including Silverstein, A Day To Remember, and Funeral For A Friend), the bands on 2006 Nintendo Fusion Tour, Senses Fail, and From Autumn To Ashes to name a few. There was some excitement surrounding the release of this album, and the two tracks posted on AP.net and the band’s MySpace caused the excitement to grow.
The album starts off with a heavier song in the form of “You’ll Be A Corpse Before Your Time”. The song features a great guitar riff and some top-notch drumming. The song then features a good guitar lead near the end. It really sets the mood for the album as it is the best of both heavy and mellow while just beginning to give the listener a great sense of what to expect from the guitars and drums. The guitarists have written some great riffs and leads and it shows as the album is almost a highlight reel of guitar parts. The drumming, on the other hand, is not as good as the guitars but is still nearby in quality.
The vocalist is the only one that drops the ball here. He is hit or miss on most of the tracks found on this album. He is absolutely amazing on “You’ll Be A Corpse Before Your Time” and the single “Bomb The World” though. On some tracks it feels like he is not in sync with the rest of the band or his voice comes off as mundane. While most of the lyrics are typical, heartbreak, homesickness, etc., they are still well written. It shows the experience of the band and shows the band still has potential and the vocals can be in sync on more of the songs.
Even with the problems with the vocals, The Sleeping has written a good album that will be a respectable addition to this catalog. It does seem that the band is sliding downhill as each album since their debut has been slightly worse than the previous. Hopefully it is just because their debut was a great album. Most of the best songs off this album are the more aggressive and/or heavier songs. Fans of The Sleeping will greatly enjoy this album, non-fans are a bit difficult to tell.
Recommended Songs: You’ll Be A Corpse Before Your Time, Bomb The World, Ripped Dress, Should Have Let Me Leave
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