Thousand Foot Krutch member Joel Bruyere offers The Drawing Room, a complex and thoughtful set of funky alt-folk and contemplative modern rock numbers. Catchy vocal hooks and acoustic guitar rhythms mesh with atmospheric elements on the standouts like "June Carter Cat," Sting's "The Hounds of Winter," "Salt In My Lungs," and "Trip."
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The Skinney| Posted May 22, 2009
It seems that Trevor Mcniven is not the only one of the members of Thousand Foot Krutch who ambitious. It turns out that TFK bassist Joel Bruyere also has a creative streak and willingness to create side projects. Known as only the Drawing Room the self titled debut is full of innovative guitar driven rock tunes that lack any electronic influence. The alternative pop rock sound generates the complex and seriously tune “Keys (the Liaison)” which is the leader in the album. Great hooks drive the guitar led “Trip” to high stop on the album while “The Spy” is similarly good.
While most tracks are pleasing to the ear there are a few songs where the tune sounds a little forced. “Skeleton key” would have been better minus the prominent and annoying drumbeats, while the mellow “Pocket Watch” needed a spark to help its uneventful music. There are no epic songs on the Drawing Room which might discourage would be fans who want haunting songs. No song exceed four minutes and saldy with all the creativity put into the album not everyone is very interesting (“Salt In My Lungs”).
The lyrics also lack as they dive into foggy places where it’s difficult to decipher most of what Bruyere wanted to convey. Messages do encourage those to act within the short time we have left in this beat up world (“Keys (The Liaison”)) while similarly “Peddle” asks what if ‘staying inside the line’ all came down to nothing. But if God plays a key role in the lyrics, He mostly takes a back stage seat with the clearest of mentions arise in (“Windsor For The Winter”). Overall while the Drawing Room is a complicated listen, those who will take some time will enjoy the side project.