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Soma Holiday

  • 1. Shelter
    2. Sustain You
    3. Breathe
    4. Louder Than Words
    5. Strong
    6. Drowning Man
    7. Faces
    8. Identity
    9. Disappear
    10. Dim Halo
    11. Radiance
    12. End, The
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 586661

  • Credits
    ProducerMalcolm Springer
    EngineerCharlie Brocco; Mark Niemiec

    Greenwheel includes: Brandon Armstrong, Andrew Dwiggins, Ryan Jordan, Douglas
    Randall, Marc Wanninger.
    Additional personnel includes: Frank DeBretti (guitar); Malcolm Springer (Wurlitzer piano, keyboards); Bobby Whitlock (Hammond B-3 organ); David Spak (percussion).
    Recorded at House Of Blues, Memphis, Tennessee; Sound Stage, The Groove Room, Javalina, The Rock Studios, Nashville, Tennessee.
    Personnel: Malcolm Springer (Wurlitzer organ, keyboards); David Spak (percussion).
    Audio Mixer: Tom Lord-Alge.
    Recording information: House of Blues Studios, Memphis, TN.
    Photographer: James Minchin.
    This St. Louis-area group's debut album is filled with radio-friendly rock and pop songs, notably the leadoff track, "Shelter," which resembles Matchbox Twenty inspired by Linkin Park. Lead singer Ryan Jordan leads the proceedings on most of the album, with satisfactory guitar work by both Andrew Dwiggins and Marc Wanniger. But in some cases, the overall sound sounds a trace over-produced for its own good, moving into a territory only Def Leppard would be capable of pulling off. "Sustain You" and "Breathe" are lyrically quite good, but the arrangements are a bit soft in the middle leading to the chorus. The strings added to the latter song are subtle but take the song to a different level. The strong hooks on arena rockers like "Strong" and the infectious "Louder Than Words" should please listeners, resembling a softer Incubus at times. Too often, though, the arrangements sound too similar for the album's overall benefit, particularly on "Faces," which has shades of each song before it. "Dim Halo" is probably the best track of the dozen offered, twisting between emotional rock and arena rock ballads. "Radiance" is another heavy rock ballad, but a refreshing change to the other songs and the frameworks of each. A few songs with a different change of pace or tempo would help, but overall it's a step in the right direction. ~ Jason MacNeil

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