The Choir - The Loudest Sound Ever Heard
Last modified: 28 May 2012
I didn't know what to expect at all with The Choir
and that is always an exciting way to begin with any album review. From the name of the band you might think it was a bunch of people singing with many different harmonies, singing hymns and big choral numbers. But that is definitely not the sound this band are going for!
For all my ignorance about this band, The Choir have release their 14th studio album with 'The Loudest Sound Ever Heard'
. Comprised of original members Derri Daugherty (lead vocal/guitar), Steve Hindalong (drums), Dan Michaels (saxophone/lyricon), and Tim Chandler (bass), The Choir thrived in the creation of this album.
Their press releases tells me that, as one of the few bands left standing from the 1980's SoCal music movement wave that swept nationwide more than 30 years ago, The Choir continues to make their renowned atmospheric music married to lyrics stirred by life's inspirational lessons in the context of real relationships - love, despair, light, dark, hope, and recovery.
To sum up the bands style you would have to say, alternative rock, maybe in the same vain as bands like Snow Patrol. There is some clever guitar work on the whole album and I really did like this album.
If anything the album felt familiar and comfortable, from the opening song Strange Girl
to tracks like O How
and A World Away
. I found myself just appreciating the album rather than trying to put my so called reviewer's ear to it.
The most brilliant song on the album is actually the last one. The tracks is called After All
and features guest vocals from Leigh Nash of Sixpence None The Richer. She has a great voice, but hearing this with the vocals of Derri Daugherty, they both compliment each other amazingly well. This might be a slow closing track, but the sheer simplicity of the orchestral work and the guitars overlaid with the brilliant vocals make this one song you must get.
A solid album from a band that has been there and done it. Musically it isn't necessarily anything ground breaking, don't expect rave indie pop dance rock. This is indie rock done well, with strong songs. Album 14 from the band is my first album, now it's time to check out the back catalogue. See you in a few weeks then!
Review by Jono Davies
Cross That River