The vocal style that starts off â€œOn The Wayâ€ does not mesh completely with the more dance-y rock of Ligion. This is because there seems to be a more emotional and natural sound to the vocals, while the instrumental arrangement on this track seems to be more sequenced than anything. Ligion get their stuff together to the degree that the chorus to the track is as catchy as they come, but the bandâ€™s opening weakness is fairly major. â€œLost My Carâ€ is the next track, and it starts off with a punk meets rock approach that opens up into an energetic type of emo rock.
This effort is much more stable and straight-forward by Ligion, and unities the catchiness of â€œOn The Wayâ€ with a more cohesive approach to the arrangements of the instrumental and vocal segments of the band. â€œLost My Carâ€ also has a catchy chorus, and thus operates as what I would have to presume would be Ligionâ€™s first single on â€œExternal Affairsâ€. The band has fixed the problems that plagued them on the onset, and as such, â€œGet Over Meâ€ starts off in a much more solid position. â€œReachâ€ is perhaps the strongest track yet for Ligion, as the impressive guitar solo that leads out the track is the perfect counterpoint to the slower stylings of â€œPins and Needlesâ€. It is â€œPins and Needlesâ€ that represents the next single-worthy track by Ligion, and it would work perfectly as the discâ€™s second single. This would actually make sense, as the trend for releasing singles seems to go in a faster/slower dichotomy. â€œExternal Affairsâ€ has Ligion go all over the map of influences and styles, tempos and approaches to rock music.
This might be the one weakness to Ligion, as the band goes through too many different sounds on this album. What I was wondering at the end of â€œExternal Affairsâ€ is what the true Ligion sounds like. Is it the very emotional and brooding style of â€œWeakâ€ or the more straightforward radio-rock of â€œLost My Carâ€? If the band could coalesce around one or two styles for their next album, the effort would be that much stronger. I have a feeling that Ligion will be the next big thing in rock, and will only be bigger if they fix their sound along that line. Give this disc a go and see how Ligion changes over the next few years.
Top Tracks: Lost My Car, On My Way