Rose of Jericho â€“ These City Lights / 2008 Self / 9 Tracks / http://www.roseofjericho.com /
The Rose of Jericho is a plant that is found in the Middle East; imagine a tumbleweed that can come back to life a number of times. The band Rose of Jericho is a band that has been around since 2002; 2003 saw their debut album, â€œApplause of Wingsâ€, released. â€œThese City Lightsâ€ originally started out as a song on â€œApplause of Wingsâ€, but gradually grew into the bandâ€™s sophomore release. Despite the fact that less than two years passed between the release dates of â€œApplause of Wingsâ€ and â€œThese City Lightsâ€, Rose of Jericho are able to make two distinct albums, each of which covers a different facet of the bandâ€™s diverse sound.
â€œBuried Coldâ€ is a track that ties together the emo of acts like At The Drive-In with the emotive female vocals present in an Evanescence. The swirling guitar eddies that are present at all points of â€œBuried Coldâ€ provide a perfect counterpoint to the vocals; what results is something that is musically impressive while still very approachable, even to those listeners that have not heard anything more challenging than Kelly Clarkson. The guitars calm down for the introduction to the next track on â€œThese City Lightsâ€, â€œTake Me Awayâ€. This allows individuals to get a good sense of the ability that Andrea brings to each and every track on â€œThese City Lightsâ€. While the guitars crank up the distortion soon after, individuals can get a sense of what exactly the vocals contribute to the overall sound of Rose of Jericho. The instrumental progression that starts off â€œUnder The Picture Frameâ€ is only one of many impressive things about the track.
â€œUnder The Picture Frameâ€ continues to have a catchy sound present, but individuals will have to listen to the track a number of times before picking up everything that Rose of Jericho has to say during the track. â€œWrong Side of the Skyâ€ clears all the distortion and intricate arrangements away to come at listeners in a completely new way. Little more than drums and a piano are a present during the early measures of the track, while Andreaâ€™s vocals rise and fall calmly over the framework that the band has created. The emotion and intensity that the band inserts into the later part of the track provides a perfect chiaroscuro between the lighter (in sound and tone) and darker/heavier sides of the band. Pick this album up.
Top Tracks: Little Known Truth, Take Me Away