Jeniferever
Choose a Bright Morning


4.5
superb

Review

by Adam Turner-Heffer USER (38 Reviews)
June 19th, 2006 | 10 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


It’s official; playing just one genre is OUT. If you want to be a respected band/artist/musician in 2006, you’ve got to meld genres and sounds to make your own. It’s finally happening. Even in the typically unimaginative genres and sounds it is happening; November Coming Fire and Mastodon alike are turning Metal on its head. And it’s such a welcome change I don’t know where to begin.

And so now, at this point, after becoming one of the presses hotly tipped bands with ep release ‘Iris’ comes Swedish five-piece Jeniferever, taking their influences from bands like Appleseed Cast and Sigur Ros, both veterans in this new found creativeness and originality. And straight away you get an idea of where the crossover’s come in at Jeniferever’s remarkably unique sound. It is the epical Emo meets Post Rock with Americanised sounds and style of Appleseed combined with the ethereal progressive indie with a hint of Nordic influence of Sigur Ros. But to constrict and describe Jeniferever’s sound to just these two influences is unfair on them and unfair on you, the potential listener.

Because, a good majority of Jeniferever’s sound is from their own creation; there is little else that sounds like Jeniferever right now. The wonderful harmonies and beautiful melodies that literally swim around in Jeniferever’s music scream romance. The lyrics are charming and the whole production and energy seems totally conscious on crating landscapes through sounds, like Pelican or Mono, while at the same time using emo-influenced melodies. And, as can be heard from brilliant opener ‘From Across the Sea’ – which manages to possess all the tactics and conventions noted in this paragraph – the end result is fantastic.

Instrumentally, they are refreshingly unique too. Driving, rhythmic drum lines are the foundation, holding everything together, while guitar lines and synth noises provide the building blocks, drifting in and out of the listener’s consciousness. It’s simple, but creates the mood and atmosphere perfectly. It is, just as creative and fragile as Sigur Ros in some moments, but slightly more subtle in its approach. Like on the fantastic finale ‘Opposites Attract’ where all the emotions of the record come into one, final burst, where sounds beautifully build up and up until the song’s dramatic climax, before suddenly returning to bare necessities and ringing out to mark the end of the album.

The whole this is just beautifully constructed; the music creates the same luscious landscapes as can be found on the album’s packaging. ‘The Sound of Beating Wings’, for instance manages to be both angelic and anthemic, a wonderful pop song that keep’s the creativity of all of Jeniferever’s work and is guaranteed to have the listener smiling. ‘A Ghost in the Corner of Your Eye’ however shows the band at their most stripped down and subtle, but still manages to be as grandiose and moving as when they are creating a more, fuller sound.

Ultimately, it is a ‘complete’ album. It dips into every emotion possible, even anger in the haunting ‘Magdeleno’. And that is a key point about this album. It is, as is a generic convention of the sound their make; a very emotional experience. Luckily though, it is a very pleasant and mostly uplifting one. It is an album for all season; both an uplifting summery album to a brooding winter one, and is one of the best releases of the year so far.

Adam Turner-Heffer



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Dimes Make Dollars
June 19th 2006


241 Comments


I looked at this review because of the horrendous band name. Sounds like a cool band though, I'll check them out.

BrettSpaceman
February 22nd 2007


2 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

My personal favourite from last year and one I reviewed for www.evilsponge.org

Justanothernimrod
June 10th 2007


478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

they're so underated! xo

Erratic
June 10th 2007


1120 Comments


This sounds strange.

PaperCities
June 10th 2007


199 Comments


I think I need this

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
June 10th 2007


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Band is really super boring. Review sells it well though.

chris21
March 14th 2008


159 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

from across the sea is a beautiful song, but yeh the album is really boring.

Kiran
Emeritus
January 8th 2009


6002 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

From Across The Sea is amazing. Haven't heard the rest of the album yet but I am about to. Been digging on a lot of Swedish bands lately.

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MassiveAttack
March 10th 2009


2688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yea this was solid nothing to write about they're about to release their sophomore effort, so look for that if you're interested.

Willie
Moderator
September 10th 2009


16117 Comments


This is ok, but it reminds me of a more boring version of Gregor Samsa.

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