â€œSo Much Betterâ€ is a song that ties together rock and alternative music in a way that touches upon the work of Edwyn McCain, The Eagles, and even early (â€œA Boy Named Gooâ€-era Goo Goo Dolls). The production of â€œSo Much Betterâ€ is important due to the openness that it allows. Each instrument is able to shine, while there is a warmth to the compositions here that will make it honestly seem as if the listener is in the studio with Grey and the Dunes.
â€œRock Bottomâ€ deftly links together the alternative/rock hybrid sound of â€œSo Much Betterâ€ with a timeless instrumentation that brings in hints of the seventies. Each track on the album is great not only because the band is that damn good, but because they are so spontaneous. â€œI Want The Worldâ€ is a delightful pop track that flips the script and showcases a grittier side of the act, while â€œOut of Controlâ€ is a much more sedate type of composition. Greyâ€™s vocals shine through this track, running the gamut between Macy Grey, Shirley Manson, and even Lita Ford.
The instrumentation does not slack off here, either: the guitars and percussion ebb and flow in perfect harmony with Greyâ€™s vocals. â€œBad Emotionâ€ is a special track for me on â€œ10,000 Thingsâ€, as it further establishes the harder side of the act that was first explored during â€œI Want The Worldâ€. What comes forth during this cut sound-wise is akin to The Runaways meeting Aerosmith; it is a track that will be bouncing around my head for weeks after Iâ€™ve last listened to the disc. What â€œI Want The Worldâ€ does in regard to the harder side of the band, â€œAbsoluteâ€ does for their softer and more intricate side. Without anything in the way of weakness present on â€œ10,000 Thingsâ€, I feel that the band has shown themselves well here. However, I would like to hear where the band ultimately decides to go with their follow-up to â€œ10,000 Thingsâ€. Hereâ€™s to hoping they enjoy the best of success.
Top Tracks: I Want The World, Absolute
Cristen Grey and the Moving Dunes â€“ 10,000 Things / 2009 Self / 12 Tracks / http://www.cristengrey.com