Quietdrive
Close Your Eyes EP


3.5
great

Review

by pand3m0nium USER (2 Reviews)
October 19th, 2010 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Quietdrive return in fine form, showing off improved playing skills while delivering catchy songs as they always have.

Quietdrive entered the mainstream pop punk market in 2006 with their debut album, When All That’s Left is You, which delivered some great singles such as “Rise from the Ashes” and (perhaps the most well-known song from the album) “Time After Time”, originally done by Cyndi Lauper. The latter made it onto charts like the US Hot 100 and US Pop 100, and appeared in the movies John Tucker Must Die, and Prom Night. The former appeared on the soundtrack of EA Sports NHL ‘07. Quietdrive then released its sophomore album, Deliverance, with the independent Militia Group. Close Your Eyes, although not an LP, is the band’s second release since their departure from Epic Records.

Close Your Eyes is a great improvement from Deliverance. Quietdrive returns in fine form and shows improved skills and, at times, heavier influence. Close Your Eyes begins on a strong note that the band maintains during the course of the EP. Without hesitation, the first track “Jessica” kicks in with a guitar riff accompanied by a vigorous drum beat and electric guitars, which are obviously joined later by the vocals. The song proves to have a great and memorable chorus - something that Quietdrive has always been good at delivering - which will undoubtedly get stuck in a head or two. The song is energetic from beginning to end; although there is a slight pause after the bridge, it is not long enough to cool the song down by any means. The next track, “Just My Heart” (which is a definite favourite), is just as energetic, even though it starts off on a softer note. The next two songs, “Call Me Up” and “It’s a Shame” have more pop-influenced intros than the first two, but their energy picks up as soon as the guitars, bass and drums kick in. “It’s a Shame”, in particular, boasts an incredible, brisk instrumental that shows off the musicianship of the band members (and makes for great air-guitar… not that anyone asked).

The band then incorporates the acoustic guitar into the next two songs. Both “Lottery” and “Into the Ocean” have great acoustic intros, but whereas “Lottery” picks up and ends on a high note, “Into the Ocean” picks up then softens down, ending in the same way it began. Although the latter is more ballad-y than the rest of the songs, it does not dampen the mood in any way. The final track, “What a Life”, proves to be the most unique. For one, it is the only song that has a piano intro or uses the piano as a main instrument. Secondly, the song’s bridge features a group of children singing, which - unless I am wrong - is something Quietdrive has never done before.

There are several aspects that make Close Your Eyes so pleasurable. It is well-produced and is of excellent standard, especially for an independent release. The instruments are all balanced and accompany each other well; you can hear each instrument clearly as no one instrument overpowers the other. It is also pleasing to hear that the band members’ playing skills have improved, as is demonstrated in the previously mentioned “It’s a Shame” instrumental. Kevin Truckenmiller, the vocalist, is no exception and displays, yet again, his remarkable vocal abilities. He is able to control his voice skilfully, belting out powerful choruses one moment then singing softer verses the next. Not only that, but he also has a great vocal range. There are several moments where I - as a female, mind you - was not able to reach Truckenmiller’s high notes while singing along.

It is also satisfying to see a variation of lyrical content. Although most of the songs seem to be about love and relationships (which I suppose would be the only complaint regarding the EP, though not a significant one since the lyrics are well-written), not all of them have that theme; the last song in particular has a refreshing take on the current state of the world. The great thing about it is that it is written as a narrative that does not come off as preachy. Having a group of children (who are the epitome of innocence) sing on the song is a nice touch that sends its message across.

Overall, Close Your Eyes is a great effort that shows off how the band has grown. Older fans of the band will appreciate this effort, and new listeners may find themselves nodding and even humming along with the songs. Quietdrive took a step in a great direction, which they will hopefully continue to follow in their following release.


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SowingSeason
Moderator
October 19th 2010


24799 Comments


i like the cover art

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Gyromania
October 19th 2010


22908 Comments


You'll love the music then

hawkster90
October 20th 2010


15 Comments


I haven't listened to anything by this band other than the debut album.

Should I listen to the second album before this or what?

pand3m0nium
October 20th 2010


98 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Should I listen to the second album before this or what?




Well, Deliverance is more poppy than the debut and this EP. I don't feel it showcasts their abilities enough. But it does have some really nice songs, like "Birthday" for example.

hawkster90
October 21st 2010


15 Comments


You havent answered my question.

pand3m0nium
October 21st 2010


98 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You havent answered my question




Mhh? I thought I gave a thorough response there.

hawkster90
October 21st 2010


15 Comments


I've already decided to listen to Deliverance. I just wanted to know if I should listen to it before this or the other way around. You only told me what you think of Deliverance.

pand3m0nium
October 21st 2010


98 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I've already decided to listen to Deliverance. I just wanted to know if I should listen to it before this or the other way around. You only told me what you think of Deliverance.




Oh okay, my bad. Listen to Deliverance before so you can hear how great an improvement this record is.

caprio4us
October 22nd 2010


183 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I loved "It's a Shame" more than any track to this band

pand3m0nium
October 22nd 2010


98 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I loved "It's a Shame" more than any track to this band




That's understandable. It's one of their best songs.

caprio4us
October 22nd 2010


183 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i will take your word for it and check more songs, that if you could recommend me right away

pand3m0nium
October 22nd 2010


98 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i will take your word for it and check more songs, that if you could recommend me right away




Mhh, from Close Your Eyes, try the first four songs. Their debut is also decent. "Rise from the Ashes", "Maybe Misery" and "Time After Time" are quite nice, so you could try those.

qscott777
October 31st 2010


77 Comments


I was just about to make the same exact comment about "It's a Shame" as caprio4us.

hawkster90, your rudeness was uncalled for. It's pretty sad that someone would want to be directly told whether they should listen to something or not. He gave you a very helpful answer, which should allow you to better make a decision for yourself. "You can lead a horse to water..."

caprio4us
October 31st 2010


183 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i'm glad that's someone is with me about "It's a Shame" ^_^

qscott777
October 31st 2010


77 Comments


caprio4us, I think that song is their only song like that from these guys. But if you like that song, I think you'd like the band Nural. That song reminded me of them for some reason.

caprio4us
November 2nd 2010


183 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thank you for your recommendation "qscott777"

rreddrop
December 23rd 2010


13 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

this band pretty much gave up being original after their first couple EP's



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