The Material
To Weather The Storm


3.5
great

Review

by pizzamachine USER (211 Reviews)
March 12th, 2011 | 13 replies | 4,912 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: a fairly average band with an amazing vocalist - the words "heavenly" and "gloriousness" come to mind.

Although I’ve digested a fair share of female-fronted alternative rock bands, The Material have a certain something that keeps me coming back for more. On paper it seems that this band brings nothing new to the table (which is true), but they also bring something else – passion. When the band plays live, you can tell that they are not simply going through the motions; they are putting their hearts into it and channeling their energy from within. “Oh whoopdido”, says the critic, “So the band enjoys playing their music, who doesn’t?” While this is certainly a true statement, it is also true that no matter how passionate certain bands are, some bands connect with their audiences, and some do not. The Material does, that is for sure.

My first brush with The Material was when I accidentally stumbled upon their song, ‘Before This Ship Goes Down’ – I could not have asked for a better introduction. Easily their most emotionally impacting song, it tells the story of a girl and her boyfriend with jobs that eat away at their relationship. Stuck in a vicious cycle, they finally decide to leave their house, the girl packs her suitcase, the guy packs his guitar, and they leave hand in hand into the expansive white. I can’t remember the last time I found lyrics with believable drama. Including relatable lyrics makes the album notably engaging since every song tells a story.

An alternative rock band with pop punk leanings, the only real defining aspect of the band is the lead singer. They are in the boat with similar bands that have powerful female vocalists: VersaEmerge, Paramore, Fireflight, etc. However, while the singers of said bands prefer clamorous, aggressive vocals, Colleen claims smooth, soaring, dulcet tones. Extremely easy on the ears, even when she belts out impressively high notes during choruses, her voice is as sweet as ever. She can also sing quickly, when required, and contributes to the catchiness of the already pleasantly catchy choruses. In short, everything hinges on Colleen’s vocal prowess and charisma, and when in short supply, the band suddenly seems less interesting (which does not occur). The Material give us punchy, yet easily marketable, melodious tunes with alluring female vocals. One great singer is certainly enough to make To Weather The Storm worth your time.



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Athom
Staff Reviewer
March 12th 2011



17204 Comments


my friends' band plays with these guys a lot. they're nice people.

pizzamachine
March 12th 2011



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Neat, I always imagined them as nice people.

Josh D.
March 12th 2011



13967 Comments


Listen to Thera if you like this.

Lyrics to a song I just listened to from this are bad. Music is generic.

pizzamachine
March 12th 2011



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Alright, will do.

Josh D.
March 12th 2011



13967 Comments


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uX5LVpQvXiE

That, particularly.

pizzamachine
March 12th 2011



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Listened. What the heck, that band is barely similar at all. Still good though.

Josh D.
March 12th 2011



13967 Comments


I didn't say they were similar.

pizzamachine
March 12th 2011



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

pizzamachine: "I know."
Josh D.: "Oh."
pizzamachine: "Yeah."

Josh D.
March 12th 2011



13967 Comments


Thanks, now I'm free for the next 2 minutes.

pizzamachine
March 12th 2011



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

No problem.

BallsToTheWall
March 13th 2011



44197 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Rules.

Digging: My Chemical Romance - Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge

Tyrael
March 13th 2011



20828 Comments


Cool

BallsToTheWall
March 13th 2011



44197 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

New album grew on me alot.



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