The Limit â€“ Reinventing The Sun / 2007 Self / 13 Tracks / http://www.thelimitmusic.com /
The style of music that The Limit create on the opening strains of â€œReinventing The Sunâ€ is nothing that can easily be categorized. Sure, there is a lot of eighties rock influence that marks the bandâ€™s â€œHouse of Sandâ€, but there are other defining qualities that are harder to unravel. The act blends together the work of a Journey with the more smoothed out sound of acts like Matthew Sweet and Soul Asylum. Thus, â€œHouse of Sandâ€ seems as if it could be on rock rotation, but it also shows The Limit as an act that can tighten up their sound considerable. â€œCloserâ€ is the second track on the disc, and it shows a little more clearly what is holding the band back.
The guitar work is clear and clean, operating as the framework which everything else can be built off of. However, the vocals have a certain echo to them throughout â€œReinventing The Sunâ€ that detract from the overall sound crafted by the band. Thus, â€œCloserâ€ would be a great track in the vein of early Queensryche, but the echoing, noisy mastering of the vocals knock the band a few notches down. â€œA Little Like Dyingâ€ is the next track on â€œReinventing The Sunâ€, and it shows what is possible from The Limit when the distortion is not cranked up on the vocals. It may just be because the first half of the track has a slower set of vocals than had been previously heard, but the band comes forth much stronger on â€œA Little Like Dyingâ€ than any previous track. Â
The Limit is an act that needs to be heard live, so that individualsâ€™ perceptions of the band will not be colored by the problems associated with the mastering of â€œReinventing The Sunâ€. Individuals that are fans of sizzling guitar solos and of hair rock from the eighties and early nineties should be easily able to get into The Limitâ€™s work on â€œReinventing The Sunâ€. The band comes up with some solid tracks on â€œReinventing The Sunâ€, but it just feels as if the problems associated with the mastering are what keep this from being a great look back at the earlier rock genres. The band has talent and I canâ€™t wait until they could get into a little better of a studio; the resulting album may be as strong as Warrantâ€™s â€œDog Eat Dogâ€. Check them out live.
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