The Limit – Reinventing The Sun

The Limit – Reinventing The Sun / 2007 Self / 13 Tracks / /

The style of music that The Limit create on the opening strains of “Reinventing The Sun” is nothing that can easily be categorized. Sure, there is a lot of eighties rock influence that marks the band’s “House of Sand”, 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, “House of Sand” 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. “Closer” 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 “Reinventing The Sun” that detract from the overall sound crafted by the band. Thus, “Closer” 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. “A Little Like Dying” is the next track on “Reinventing The Sun”, 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 “A Little Like Dying” than any previous track.  

The Limit is an act that needs to be heard live, so that individuals’ perceptions of the band will not be colored by the problems associated with the mastering of “Reinventing The Sun”. 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 Limit’s work on “Reinventing The Sun”. The band comes up with some solid tracks on “Reinventing The Sun”, 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 can’t wait until they could get into a little better of a studio; the resulting album may be as strong as Warrant’s “Dog Eat Dog”. Check them out live.

Top Tracks: Time Can’t Keep Me, Gravity

Rating: 5.8/10

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