Evermore
Dreams


3.0
good

Review

by Davey Boy STAFF
August 17th, 2009 | 153 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Straight-forward pop-rock OR ambitious concept-based new-wave? You decide.

Not a group to jump into things too flippantly, kiwi trio Evermore recorded three EPs over a nine month period (spanning 2002 and 2003), before finally unleashing their first full-length release ‘Dreams’ in September of 2004. It is not a fact that should be taken lightly, since this triumvirate of brothers appears much more confident & ambitious than most 17-21 year olds on debut. Of course, that is not always a positive when it comes to young musicians and ‘Dreams’ does indeed tow a fine line over its 53 minute duration.

Excluding the short introductory instrumental, the first two tracks proper showcase both the sound that Evermore play, as well as their strengths & weaknesses. The soaring melodies of lead single ‘It’s Too Late’ make it far and away the best song on the album. It is smooth free-flowing pop-rock goodness that has a keys-based hook which firmly takes center-stage over Jon Hume’s effectively laconic vocals. Hardly a second is wasted on this cut, but the exact opposite is true for the following ‘This Unavoidable Thing Between Us’, which takes an eternity to get going and has a payoff that is simply not worth the five minute wait.

The remainder of the first half of the album plays out fairly predictably with varying degrees of success. The relatively straight-forward catchiness of both the acoustic-heavy ‘For One Day’ and ‘Come To Nothing’ was always going to mean they were released as subsequent singles. However, towards the end of the latter track is where Evermore’s ambition and confidence significantly come into effect. What is initially a simple radio rock cut builds up nicely to a strings arrangement that surprisingly works well in combination with electric guitar.

In fact, the link between the end of ‘Come To Nothing’ and the following ‘Dreams Call Out To Me’ sets up a formula for the second half of the LP, with five of the final seven cuts including an orchestral arrangement of some kind to fit in with the album’s loose “dreams” concept. In all honesty, it is overkill that predictably reduces the cumulative effectiveness of each successive track, but it does result in some interesting and satisfying listening in isolation. While some cuts do fall into blandness & over-length, others excel. Take for example, the sweeping atmospherics of ‘Into The Ocean (Calling You)’ which even contains a touch of Pink Floyd & Smashing Pumpkins about it!

On the back of ‘Dreams’, Evermore are an indeed an interesting proposition. On face value, they perform run-of-the-mill pop-rock destined for mainstream audiences. Yet, look deeper and it becomes apparent that their ambition means that their influences are more likely to be bands such as Muse, Radiohead, Coldplay and The Police. This is not necessarily a consistent positive as it does result in the trio punching above their weight on a few too many occasions. However, it is an admirable trait for such a young band to have, and one which will hopefully serve them well in the future.

Recommended Tracks: It’s Too Late, Into The Ocean (Calling You) & For One Day.



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DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
August 17th 2009


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I was beginning to get a little tired of doing solely 2009 album reviews, so thought I'd fill some gaps in the Sputnik database.

taylormemer
August 17th 2009


4944 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Meh.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
August 17th 2009


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I knew you would be one of the first to comment Jake. Don't let me start believeing DavID that you're always grumpy!

Gyromania
August 17th 2009


15977 Comments


Great review Davey! I have only heard a few songs from them but it wasn't really enough to hold my interest. pos.

taylormemer
August 17th 2009


4944 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Jeez. I can't even think meh of the album without being proclaimed a grump.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
August 17th 2009


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks Gyro. It is probably a bit narrow-minded, but if you've heard their singles, you've pretty much heard them. Although their new album is a bit of a different beast entirely. I still don't know what to make of that one to be honest.

Haha. Just kidding Jake...

Gyromania
August 17th 2009


15977 Comments


I have heard a couple singles and 1 or two other songs off of this album and 1 off the new one, but I think it would be a pretty boring experience to listen to an entire album by them.

taylormemer
August 17th 2009


4944 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

It indeed is. They're not so much more entertaining live either.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
August 17th 2009


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

In the main, your conclusion is correct that listening to their entire albums is a bit of a chore. It doesn't help that all of their albums suffer from over-length also.

Saw them live a few weeks back. From a performance aspect, they were pretty good with their older songs, but very scratchy with the newer ones. They had all sorts of props & sound-effects that linked in with the tv show concept of their new album. It was strange, but mildly interesting I guess.

Waior
August 17th 2009


11461 Comments


Straight-forward pop-rock OR ambitious concept-based new-wave? You decide.


I will not decide, for I will not listen to this.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
August 17th 2009


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Caleb, my review is so clear, informative & descriptive, that you could decide from that! Haha

PS: You beat me to 4,000 comments you posting whore you!

Waior
August 17th 2009


11461 Comments


It's 'cause you went to Europe, you scoundrel.

Douglas
August 17th 2009


9174 Comments


I hate this band

Spare
August 17th 2009


5360 Comments


daveyboy you have to stop reviewing shitty australian bands

Spare
August 17th 2009


5360 Comments


start reviewing def leppard again that was fun

Douchebag
August 17th 2009


3624 Comments


I can't stand these guys to be honest. I hate the term 'sell out' but these guys did it BIG TIME. I mean they totally changed their image (to fit in with the modern pop bands) and the guy got an XY Midi pad installed on his guitar (ooh look i'm Matt Belamy!) and NEVER uses it! at least on the perfomances i've seen on TV.

I'm all for "growing up" and flirting with new ideas, but this was a drastic change and reeked of following the crowd. Rant over, sorry if I offended

Jim
August 17th 2009


5110 Comments


the singles here are awesome. remind me of the OC which was an incredibly addictive show

Captain North
August 17th 2009


6791 Comments


I honestly like this album.

Spare
August 17th 2009


5360 Comments


shut the fuck up alligator

AtavanHalen
August 17th 2009


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

STOP BEING BORING CHAMP KIND
And Alligator I will kick you in the fucking jaw



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