My Epic
Broken Voice


4.5
superb

Review

by Kyle Robinson USER (43 Reviews)
December 5th, 2011 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: My Epic offers much more to enjoy than a mere acoustic EP suggests.

My Epic's second album Yet was a surprise standout of 2010, as thoughtful as it was forceful. Boasting a much tighter and more memorable set of songs than their debut and a more original vision than the group's somewhat derivative post-hardcore EP, Yet succeeded in just about every respect. Not especially excited about minimalist acoustic strumming, I was disappointed when I learned that Broken Voice would supposedly be an acoustic EP rather than a full album.

But to my surprise, Broken Voice is every bit as worthy of one's attention as its predecessor. Even in a stripped-down acoustic format the group excels at making songs that are as musically interesting as they are lyrically compelling. If anything, the band sounds more natural than ever exploring slightly more fleshed-out arrangements than the power trio format that's driven their sound on I Am Undone and Yet.

Opening tracks “Centuries” and “Beloved” are moody and understated, the latter being a lyrical highlight told from the perspective of Jesus' apostle John at the end of his life. Like My Epic's best music, it skillfully weaves desperation and hope into a seamless composition. “Alone” quickly wakes up the listener with its methodical clapping and dynamic chorus. The addition of piano and strings gives the song an earthy quality while the lyrics recall the stark nature of songs like Yet's “Lower Still” and enters territory that Christian artists rarely explore.

For a collection of outtakes the EP sounds remarkably consistent, and the overall style of the release (probably heavily inspired by Thrice's 'Earth' section of The Alchemy Index) doesn't feel too out of place for the band. It's actually much more convincing than the group's heavier songs, like "Pour" and "Ashes" from Yet, and Broken Voice's compositions allow the band to perform the more melodic style they do best.

“Deathbed” is less ornate than the preceding song with only acoustic guitar to accompany the vocals, but fortunately the guitar is always interesting enough to make up for the rest of the band's absence. No chord-strumming here; instead, we are treated to carefully-picked melodies that sound simply beautiful. “Lazarus” is even better, with a warm and almost hopeful tone that's different from the minor-key stylings that dominate the other songs.

“Garden” is probably the most intimate song on the album, its lyrics stark and powerful regardless of whether one shares the group's Christian faith. The bridge makes a compelling case for the prettiest-sounding moment on the album. “Childbodybride” has an almost blues-inspired sound and electric guitar, but doesn't feel out of place and comes to a beautiful climax. “Doxology” is a nice take on the Christian hymn that brings the album to an appropriate close and makes this review wish the band would just go ahead and record a full-blown worship album.

Few contemporary Christian artists can boast the raw creativity, musically and lyrically, of My Epic. The group's songwriting bears a stark, uncompromising quality that is leagues above the generic themes of similar artists. As this album continues to show, My Epic is a remarkably honest band, and the sentiments expressed by their music flow naturally from within rather than being shoehorned into the music to attract a certain crowd. The result is another record that anyone can enjoy regardless of their faith, which shows that My Epic is in their own league.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 6th 2011


31375 Comments


Love this

Digging: Objekt - Flatland

botb
December 6th 2011


9721 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

band is incredible at everything they do.

crazyblinddude
December 6th 2011


3389 Comments


Nice. Gotta get this.

ZilbelPing
December 6th 2011


6162 Comments


I didn't know this was an acoustic EP.

Need to get this. I love both Yet and I Am Undone

Phideaux
December 6th 2011


1655 Comments


Definitely want to check this out now. These guys are really great.

Digging: Gates - Bloom and Breathe

wacknizzle
December 7th 2011


13501 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is great, yet there feels like there is something missing from this band. I'd say this ep is their most comfortable piece of work. Everything else seems to try to tackle to many different sounds ranging from heavy to chill but somehow doesn't quite work that well all the time. The standouts are wonderful.

Digging: This Gift Is A Curse - I, Gvilt Bearer

Aphrodisiac
December 7th 2011


1739 Comments


Deviant liking this made my night

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 7th 2011


31375 Comments


??

Aphrodisiac
December 7th 2011


1739 Comments


Just a nice surprise that a staff member wouldn't write this off because of the lyrics

Xenophanes
Emeritus
December 7th 2011


10614 Comments


This is nice, despite the complete disconnect between the lyrics and my beliefs

Digging: Kayo Dot - Coffins On Io

Xenophanes
Emeritus
December 7th 2011


10614 Comments


Typically indifferent towards this band though

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 7th 2011


31375 Comments


Just a nice surprise that a staff member wouldn't write this off because of the lyrics


We here at the Sputnik staff bureau are all card carrying church-goers

Eko
December 22nd 2011


2119 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

didnt see this get posted, EP is my favorite thing this band has done by far

KotoFtw
October 3rd 2012


1077 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

These guys are great. My friend played the slide on this album, I wish he would just go ahead and start a band already or be a permanent member of this band. Glad they decided to record another album.

ABjordanMM
April 15th 2013


1432 Comments


Listening to this now. Very nice sounding.

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