Eve 6
Speak in Code


3.5
great

Review

by SowingSeason STAFF
April 24th, 2012 | 108 replies | 18,692 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: What the…this is 2012, right?

It has been nine years since Eve 6 last graced us with their unmistakable brand of pop-rock, and their resurgence comes with waves of both nostalgia and skepticism. For a band that only released three albums spanning a five year period, they enjoyed more than their fair share of success – basking in the glory of hits such as ‘Inside Out’, ‘Promise’, and ‘Here’s To The Night.’ Eve 6’s fast and furious claim to fame ended abruptly when they broke up in 2004, however - a split that wouldn’t heal until 2007 when they resumed touring and spent time reconnecting with fans. After years of preparation, it seems that Speak In Code has helped Eve 6 pull off a most improbable comeback, packing the energy of 2000’s Horrorscope without skimping on any the infectious qualities that made them darlings of alt-rock radio around the turn of the century.

From the opening minute of ‘Curtain’, it is apparent that very little has changed for Eve 6. A short punchy verse here, a simple but catchy riff there…everything is still about the surface level, and nothing deeper. But considering that Eve 6’s forte is their ability to effortlessly craft fun and enjoyable tunes, it’s not like we should have been expecting anything different. Lead single ‘Victoria’ is actually among the album’s weaker songs, with a relatively forgettable chorus and lazy instrumental backing that is too reliant on muddled electronic effects. Luckily though, Speak In Code rebounds strongly with a trio of home run party anthems in ‘Situation Infatuation’, ‘B.F.G.F.’, and ‘Lion’s Den’, all three of which hark back to the band’s Horrorscope days (albeit with a slightly updated sound). They offer some pretty memorable lyrics as well, perfect for a summer joyride with the windows down, “Let’s reclaim our innocence and live in harmony / We can leave the past behind, and make a brand new start.” Once again, nothing profound…just straightforward, uncomplicated messages meant to be enjoyed in either relaxed or inebriated states. And of course, there’s lines like “I’m the happiest prick this side of Detroit” thrown in for good measure, just to remind you that the band is capable of not taking themselves so seriously.

One of Eve 6’s greatest strengths was always their consistency, and that is another quality that appears to have made a full return on Speak In Code. The second half of the album is just as upbeat and infectious as the first half, with the resplendent climax of the ballad ‘Moon’, the danceable rhythm of ‘Downtown’, and the unexpectedly poignant closer, ‘Pick Up The Pieces.’ The latter isn’t your typical cheese ballad, and it triumphs over its counterpart ‘Moon’ in just about every way, all the way down to the personal lyrical touch: “Blessed by your genetics, you possess a certain aesthetic charm / But something’s disconnected and you’re quite capable of causing harm.” There are still some weaker songs across this record that can be pinpointed (the vapid and redundant ‘Trust Me’, for example), but as per Eve 6’s trademark, they are heftily outweighed by the standouts. By the end of this album, you’ll find yourself humming the chorus to at least two or three of these tracks, and I’ll be damned if that isn’t what classic Eve 6 was always about.

Just like its best qualities, Speak In Code’s drawbacks are ones that you could most likely predict. The band members possess only average instrumental skills, and that shows glaringly through their simplistic song structures and their rather basic attention to detail. A lot of the tracks sound similar, which is both a result of the aforementioned talent ceiling and their fun, pop-oriented approach to making music. Even compared to their earlier works, it seems that their instrumental contributions have declined, or have at least taken a back seat to more of an electronic/studio based sound. Call it an evolution in style, call it a different era – but either way, if you come into Speak In Code expecting the riffs from ‘Hokis’ or the punk feel of ‘How Much Longer’, you will most certainly be disappointed. The only consolation, really, is that Eve 6 has always been a vocal-centric band, so any drop-off in musical quality will seem minimal.

If it were possible, Speak In Code would be, by definition, an Eve 6 album. It’s everything you expect from the fun-loving band out of Southern California: playful verses, unforgettable choruses, fast paced music, and live for today lyrics. After nine years of releasing nothing, Eve 6’s ability to duplicate an early 2000’s atmosphere may actually be their most impressive quality. On this record, any lack of progression/variation is forgiven – Eve 6 is back, and they are here to keep the party going!



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SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
April 23rd 2012



15859 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

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Stream it right here my fellow nostalgic pop-rockers

and dammit I just realized I meant 'turn of the millenium' in the first paragraph, can't edit, fuck. oh well, it was still the turn of a century

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Sirob
April 23rd 2012



2653 Comments


whoaa wasnt planning on listening to this but the review changed my mind, glad to see theyre back

MO
April 23rd 2012



18506 Comments


think twice 4.5

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
April 23rd 2012



15859 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Haha its definitely not a 4.5

PuddlesPuddles
April 23rd 2012



4772 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I love seeing bands come back and not flop

Ire
April 23rd 2012



41754 Comments


foxxxy will cream

Xenophanes
Emeritus
April 24th 2012



10592 Comments


retro

bloc
April 24th 2012



34768 Comments


A 3.5?

foxxxy must have bribed...

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theacademy
Staff Reviewer
April 24th 2012



28421 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Lead single ‘Victoria’ is actually among the album’s weaker songs, with a relatively forgettable chorus and lazy instrumental backing that is too reliant on muddled electronic effects


disagree hard about the chorus being forgettable but agree hard on the rest

NO

I DONT BELIEVE

YOU WENT TO BED AT 1015

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Ponton
Emeritus
April 24th 2012



5790 Comments


think twice

before you touch my girl

KILL
April 24th 2012



71392 Comments


rockin with my bird out

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TMobotron
Contributing Reviewer
April 24th 2012



7088 Comments


Damn, stream isn't working for me. I was getting ready to put my tender heart in a blender too.

TMobotron
Contributing Reviewer
April 24th 2012



7088 Comments


There we go! Thanks.

botb
April 24th 2012



9647 Comments


i love this band need to check this out

chambered69
April 24th 2012



1253 Comments


awesome review man

lancebramsay
April 24th 2012



1585 Comments


Just waiting for Papa Roach to make a comeback to complete the 90's angst farewell tour.

random
April 24th 2012



2261 Comments


Haven't heard these guys since 2003. "Think Twice" rules.

Inveigh
April 24th 2012



24944 Comments


I haven't listened to these guys in about 13 years but glad to see they're back and putting out decent material

good review Sowing

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free
April 24th 2012



13 Comments


Some of Victoria's lyrics were pretty stupid, good to hear it's not one of the better tracks.

chambered69
April 24th 2012



1253 Comments


im fucking out of heroin everyone can go fucking kill themselves cuz youre al pieces of fucking shit die, get cancer, eat a fucking knife you fucks



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