Edge of the World - Review
This duo hailing from Nashville, Tennessee brings their talents and experience in the underground music scene together for the release of this powerful electro-pop album.
Comprised of members Leslie Benson and Jason Milner, this project creates a nice brand of electro-pop music with moving beats and dynamic synths. This album spans eleven tracks of this dance-friendly music with more than a few excellent selections that have become favorites here on Gothic Paradise.
"Beyond the Blue" kicks it all off with a nice taste of the powerful electro-pop style we can enjoy from this band. This track stands out with a catchy rhythm and dynamic shift between verse and chorus as the moving electronic loops give way to powerful synth layers as Leslie's vocals carry the lyrics deep into the listener's heart. The pounding beats keep the body moving, the rhythm fresh and music interesting and fun to enjoy under various moods and circumstances. This pattern remains the standard throughout much of the album. Favorites stand out including this introductory piece as a definite inclusion in that list. While the entire album is noteworthy, other selections that stand out as catchy selections includes "Fall In Line". The captivating synths and moving beats provide the backdrop as the lyrics portrayed by the strong female vocals stand as a banner to stand strong and take responsibility for your own actions. This is a message that so many need to hear, and what better way than with a catchy, moving danceable rhythm?
The music keeps the body moving over the dynamic soundscapes from one piece to the next. "Miles Away" is a nice upbeat piece and another stand-out piece. "Now" turns up the intensity a bit and "Secret" keeps it all moving before giving way to "The War Is Over". This latter track breaks the mold a bit while at first appearing to be something of a mid-tempo piece, we soon experience the powerful intensity and shift in the mood as we build to a powerful climax on this piece with grinding guitar over the various layered electronic loops and synth structures. "This Poison" moves along in a sort of mid-tempo structure before giving way to the catchy syncopated beats of "Try" which is a nice favorite as we approach the last few selections on the album. "Watch You Fall" builds on this structure with more intensity with heavy, pulsating and grinding synths and guitars building a solid and heavy foundation to this moving piece. At this point we come to the final piece "Without You". Again we experience a bipolar mood of somber, mid-tempo elements that give way to pounding beats, intense synths and vocals for a powerful ending to a great album.
While maybe not the most innovative album of the decade, this is really a solid piece of work. Solid electro-pop elements really make this a great work for fans of The Azoic
and The Razor Skyline