Ocean - I really liked Lori's vocals on this track - a moving and deceptively straight-forward piano ballad. Doorways - Didn't really like the solo sax work on this, but then I've never been a fan of saxaphones outside of the Coltrane school of jazz. Other then that, this is a cool little jazzy tune with contrasting ballad-style vocals. A transition that defies expectations is what makes this track really shine though.
Agnes in Furs - Some of the tracks, this one in particular, remind me of Ben Folds - the background vocals and chorus in particular. A key difference though is that here the piano is relegated entirely to an accompanying role. Anyway, great chorus, one of the catchier ones on the CD.
Because the album will likely contain the most lush and musically gorgeous textures you will hear this year, part of you wants to let it linger in your CD player at home for maximum enjoyment , much like swishing wine around in a glass and sniffing it, instead of drinking it from the bottle. However, Burning Lighthouse contains enough rocking moments to make it an ideal soundtrack for a late summer drive. Floating Opera formed initially as a side project Mercy Rule and the Millions, two bands from Lincoln, Nebraska who each scored a major-label release in the '90s.
While both bands hung up their guitars later in that decade, Floating Opera continued to record. Since forming in , the band has had more than 30 musicians circulate in and out of the studio during their ten-year career sort of like the way Queens of the Stone Age record their albums, only with lush harmonies and pop orchestration.
On the surface, Burning Lighthouse almost sounds too gorgeous to criticize. The complex musical orchestration automatically conjures comparisons to the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds era as well as Elvis Costello's more sophisticated recordings. The storytelling in most of the songs feels like a collection of short stories in a literary magazine. The album even has an alternative version to one of their tracks to close out the album, giving it a thematic, albeit slightly contrived, overall feel.
There are moments where the lavish musical ornamentation of Burning Lighthouse threaten to careen the band off into pretentiousness. However, the percussion shared duties by Ron Albertson and Paul Tisdale and crunching guitar work by Jon Taylor usually produce enough of a thunder to rattle your speakers. If that wasn't enough, members of the New York hardcore experimental act Liars pop in for an appearance.
Some of the most immediately appealing songs on Burning Lighthouse develop when the hard rock chops of the band mesh with pop orchestration. Lori Allison's vocals are able to mold into whatever style Floating Opera pursues on this disc.
Yet, after a few listens, the pop melodies are as irresistible and catchy as some of the poppiest tracks on radio. Fortunately, Burning Lighthouse is sweet enough to have you craving seconds without giving you a toothache. Lincoln Journal-Star , by L. Such is the case with "Burning Lighthouse," its fourth and most sophisticated release. Of course, it helps that Floating Opera is made up of some of Lincoln's most accomplished musicians.
Among them are: singer Lori Allison, who, if there was any justice, would be a star outside her hometown , guitarist JonTaylor, bassist David Boye and drummers PaulTisdale and Ron Albertson -- all of whom have been members of some of Lincoln's best bands of the '80s and '90s While they've made their own nationally acclaimed music as members of The Millions, Mercy Rule and Charlie Burton and the Cut Outs, the Floating Opera's musicians clearly buy into Rebarber's vision for the music.
Which means Taylor turns his guitar down from 11 and the rhythm sections don't pound quite as fast or furiously as they do in their rock incarnations. For Rebarber's vision is pop rooted -- that is, the pop of Burt Bachrach, Elvis Costello and Jane Siberry with a touch of Tom Waits thrown in for good dissonant measure. So Floating Opera music has complex arrangements that utilize strings and lush keyboards, tightly crafted melodies and hooks and takes enough chances to be compelling , hardly the usual barroom rock stuff.
A trio of songs early on in the record illustrate the Floating Opera approach: The gorgeous "Ocean" brings to mind Bachrach as Allison's vocals float against Rebarber's keyboard and Boye's bass. The mood shifts immediately to the driving attack of "Palookaville Moan," which marches and soars with violin, trumpet and saxophone joining the standard rock instrumental lineup. Then Allison uses her distinctive interpretive style and great range to pour emotion into "Arbus.
But it is worth noting that all the vocalists are females singing the literate lyrics of Charles Lieurance, which spin out stories rather than work in the standard verse-chorus-verse format. The female voices singing from the male perspective put a slightly offset spin on many of the tunes, including "Shakespeare Machine," which features the vocals of Chris Wilson, the group's violinist. But that also works to make the record captivating.
Wilson also sings "Doorways," going to her high soprano to give the song a punch that goes beyond its musical arrangements and takes on "Resignation Day, "the hardest rocking song on the record, while Heidi Ore impresses as always on the challenging "Shapes I Brought Back With Me. Sunday night at Duffy'sTavern, it will play just its second show in two years and its first with Allison on vocals since Sunday's show, which marks the official CD release for "Burning Lighthouse," will also feature the core band from the recordings, with Wilson, Rebarber, Boye,Taylor and guitarist Scott Stanfield all slated to take the Duffy's stage.
Floating Opera will probably begin its set in the 11 p. Opening the show is Suzy Dreamer and the Nightmares. Floating Opera never fails to impress live , and Sunday is a rare opportunity to catch a performance by one of the best lineups Rebarber has put together.
That's fitting, because "Burning Lighthouse," which stands up to repeat listenings, is the best record the collective has yet created and one of the top releases to come out of any Lincoln studio this year. Spendid Magazine by Jennifer Kelly This collection of orchestral chamber pop tunes feels more like a musical soundtrack than a pure audio recording. Vaguely story-based songs seem poised to illustrate a plot that's never quite spelled out, and the bubbly choruses call for crowds, lifting their arms in unison for a big finale.
The songs on Burning Lighthouse appear to span several years of work, with a revolving cast of characters that includes pre-Liars Ron Albertson and Pat Noecker on drums and bass. They are mostly skillfully done, and seldom overweigh singer Lori Allison's pure, fragile soprano. At its best, the ensemble sounds a good deal like Wayward Bus-era Magnetic Fields -- richly melodic but slightly twisted.
In lesser moments, as in the squirmily earnest "Ocean", Floating Opera comes off as a Sondheim knock-off, nearly tipping under the weight of its own pretensions. The most compelling tracks are sweet but not cloying, their complexity counterbalancing the overt prettiness of Roche Sisters-style harmonies. Also good, "Shakespeare Machine" juxtaposes buzzy guitar slashes with plucked strings and the twining interplay of Chris and Lori Allison's voices, while "Shapes I Brought Back With Me" has discordant piano-plinks playing tag with mod violins and an upswept vocal chorus.
Burning Lighthouse is sometimes busy, and sometimes stagey, but it's an interesting attempt to make sounds you seldom hear in modern pop music. It's show tunes without the show, and opera floating free of the opera house, but it works surprisingly well Impact Press, August Creating eclectic songs using a variety of instruments comes easy for this massive collective of musicians based in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Lori Allison provides almost all the vocals and does so passionately, sometimes too dramatically. Instruments used on this release include keyboards, trumpet, acoustic bass, saxophone, violin, cello, guitar, drums and electric bass. Yes, it's a truly mixed bag, but Floating Opera pulls it off. If you're looking for a full-bodied, eclectic, dramatic musical mix, this is for you. I can hear some of that. Most of the time the songs explore baroque pop ground, sometimes verging on Broadway style toonsmithing.
Each song is its own entity, carefully arranged and played. I'm not always on board with some of the production here -- it's sometimes frayed tugging in different directions. I guess this fits into "jazz" best, but even that broad categorization doesn't do justice to the breadth of this band's sound. And it's not just the wide variety of ideas that impress. These three execute those ideas with skill and verve. There are more than a few Zappan moments.
To say the Geo Trio wanders is an understatement. But the beauty of that journey is the best part. Set aside all expectations and just let go. There's no way to approach this album with anything except open-ended awe. I haven't heard anything this adventurous and accomplished in a very long time.
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Every song has a different style, and they still made their entire album great. No need for program buttons with this CD as it was all amazing. In Finishing I would like to say that Unfinished Thought is a truly amazing band and if you would like to hear some more of their music a great place to find their music would be their website at [ I don't know what other folks are listening to, but I just found this CD and I hate it.
It's the worst of all electronic music that tries to mix in guitar parts to "harden" the sound. It totally ruins what could've been an otherwise decent atmosphere. Her voice is nice. The attempts to "rock" have to go. For any band, the pressures of a first record is unexplainable. It is this first record that gives the world a taste of your music and sets all expectations up. If it fails, second chances rarely change the listeners mindset.
Unfinished Thought however have seemingly tackled this problem with an incredible sense of gracefulness, and passionate beauty that can only be expressed with listening to the music. If you've ever been interested in trying out new musical styles or you just enjoy the eerie, thought provoking sounds of haunting, real-life pain and sorrow, Unfinished Thought is a must for you.
In fact, Unfinished Thought is a must for anyone's collection. Download tracks from the bands website [ After hearing these songs, you will find it impossible to pass up the opportunity of buying Becoming Aware, or even better, their second album, Based On Actual Events. Unfinished Thought is the type of artist who will make you stop and listen - and you will be glad you did. One person found this helpful. I stumbled across Unfinished Thought on a hunt for Evanescence songs Becoming Aware is a mix of tracks with lyrics ranging from bitter love with a twist, to the mind of the insane..
The vocalist, Stacey Nelson, brings each song to life, her beautiful voice binding you from the beginning of each song to the end.. This is an album which i think is like nothing else out there.. If you like atmospheric music, very deep lyrics and some definately rocking tunes; then you should definately check this band out.
I can only imagine what this record would be like played live. I wish them every success. Once again, UT gives you a sampling of all they've got. First of all, "Sonnet" is awesome. Then there's "Quiet" which almost sounds like a Godsmack song. Also, "My Valentines Last Breath" is a touching, haunting song.
Like I mentioned, every song in my opinion, is dead on and there is not one on here that I was even tempted to fast forward. As a debut album, this band surely exceeds that of the typical expectations. Dark lyrics and enchanting musical talent provide for a amazing album. This album is a great display of beautiful music, mixed with stunning vocals. Each track has its own unforgettable story. Though this band has been compared to others such as; Evanescence, Lacuna Coil and The Gathering, they surly do not fit the form, they exceeds it.
Unfinished Thought is original and shows that music can still be beautiful. If you don't own a copy of this CD already do yourself a favor and pick it now. You will not be sorry. There is not a bad song on this cd. The strong vocal and driven music are what people have been been searching for in vain for a long time now.
This is the sound that has been missing. If you dont own a copy.. Becoming Aware is UT's first album. I love it. I give all the songs 5 stars. Stacy's voice is uncomparable to any other in the music world today. See all reviews. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Get free delivery with Amazon Prime. Back to top. Get to Know Us.
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