Juniper Lane has been raising themselves up pretty well on their own. The act has sold over 8,000 copies of their albums, and they have come forth in a very strong way with â€œWake From Yourselfâ€, which marks their seventh year as a band. â€œImpactâ€ is this opening track, and showcases a unique brand of popâ€”infused rock. The track could easily make it onto rotation at any collegeâ€™s radio station, and there would not need to be too much more done for Juniper Lane to take that next step. â€œTake Me Homeâ€ continues this pop-rock fusion, adding a funky bass line to the mix.
This throws Juniper Lane into a Breeders type of influence, while the guitars are reminiscent of the early work of U2. The vocals link together disparate elements in Amy Lee and Kelly Clarkson, and adding a dash of Sheryl Crow to the mix. The end result is something that cannot be easily compared to any other band or individual. â€œCatch My Breathâ€ adds a little bit of an industry sound to Juniper Laneâ€™s arsenal, giving Vivionâ€™s vocals a fundamentally different sound than had previously been present on â€œWake From Yourselfâ€. While the track is a little slower than previous tracks, the instrumental progressions on the track are something to focus on. â€œSidesâ€ continues with the slower type of sound, giving Juniper Lane a sound that could easily be present on Radioheadâ€™s magnum opus, OK Computer.
The higher registers approached by Vivionâ€™s vocals on this track match well with the rest of the discâ€™s sound, while the sequencing of the drums creates an interesting dichotomy between the organic and inorganic elements on the track. Where most discs end with a whole heaping of garbage, the final few tracks on â€œWake From Yourselfâ€ show that the act, seven years outside of their formation, can throw listeners a curveball. If individuals shut the disc off before â€œMementoâ€ ends, they will miss some interesting shifts and changes to the sound that was put forth on â€œWake From Yourselfâ€. Couple that with the fact that one of the discâ€™s strongest tracks, â€œGetting The Human Outâ€, is towards the end and individuals should realize that they need a good forty minutes of time before starting â€œWake From Yourselfâ€. Give the disc a go if you like a band that takes on a number of different styles in the creation of a new and unique sound.
Top Tracks: Getting The Human Out, Coma