Review Summary: Colors is proof that Between The Buried and Me are going places.
When I think of a full, complete album yearning for nothing, there is but one thought that comes to mind: Colors. When Colors came out nearly two years ago it completely blew me away. The musicianship from the record was amazing, it combined so many genres together seemlessly, but I'm getting ahead of myself here.
A few months before Colors came out, the band ran a website devoted to it, with videos and fan interpretations each song up by day. This alone was unique for me as every separate interpretation was in itself deeply enriching to the songs and the fans had so much to say about the musicianship the band presented. Different reviews and previews of the album called it the best they'd heard either ever or in a very long time.
The album begins with the faint chords of a piano echoing out and Tommy singing faintly, but quickly explodes into a chorus or harmony and beautiful melodic sweeping. It then completely changes over to the metal perspective. The remaining 8 songs, for those who don't know, if any, run together creating the effect of one song throughout the album. Colors is a record that showcases what Between the Buried and Me actually is capable of and what the climax of their career looks like.
There are so many genre changes throughout the hour and four minutes that is Colors, that one begins to lose track by the fourth song, 'Sun of Nothing' The technicality exercised by the guitarists and drummer, and the gorgeously soothing bass playing just come together so well. Tommy`s vocal work exceed my precedent and expectations for great singing and screaming. The emotion expressed by his faint, almost ghost like voice, combined with his furiously screamed words can get to one at times.
The entire album's song placement is key also, each son continues what the last left unsaid, so that by `White Walls`, the listener truly finishes Colors, the sense of an ending on it proves that Between the Buried and Me really took the care and time to write an epic piece of music.
My few problems with the album are in the first songs. `(B): the Decade Of Statues doesn`t seem to carry anything special in it, until the last few minutes of course, but up until then one can feel like it is almost a chore to bear through the intense song.
Overall, Colors was and still is my favourite album, (if no one could tell by my obviously biased review, though I did try to think of it neutrally), and if I want a complete album, I simply have to pop the Cd in, sit back, and relax.