This too Shall Pass is the debut album of Chicago based rock group The Fold. It was released in February 2006 on Tooth and Nail Records and features 14 tracks. The title is a reference to the phrase "This, too, shall pass."
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If you were to combine the creativity, talents and styles of labelmates Anberlin, Falling Up & Kutless you’d come pretty close to describing Tooth and Nail’s latest act, The Fold. These being three of my favorite modern rock bands, you can guess I was anticipating listening to this disc.
The first song seemed to confirm my anticipation. “Gravity” starts This Too Shall Pass with a catchy, guitar-filled anthem. If you sense a “but” coming though, you’re right. About four songs into the disc, the flow of the album begins to wander. While a certain amount of tension between music and lyrics can enhance the mood of a given song, there’s too much dissonance between music and message for my taste. This lack of a cohesive style detracts from the album’s strong songwriting.
Daniel Castady’s lyrics are layered with double-entendre. His use of clever phrasing creates a fine line- being vague enough to leave meaning open to the listener’s interpretation but overt enough to convey deeper, spiritual dimensions. The focus on letting go/sacrifice, change and longing keeps the album thematically centered on relationships- both horizontal and vertical ones.
The Fold has all the necessary elements that a successful band needs: passion, talent and creativity. The band needs to smooth out their musical style so that it creates a synthesis with the lyrical theme. I have a suspicion that with a different, more tightly focused producer this album would have been even stronger. Is This Too Shall Pass worth checking out? Yeah. But there’s room for this band to grow.
Great Debut!| Posted December 04, 2008
Although I like their 2nd CD better because the music has matured more in that one, I absolutely love this CD as well. I think The Fold did a great job on their debut; it certainly got me hooked! To this day "The Title Track" is one of my favorite songs. It is so catchy that there are some days I can't get it out of my head! This CD is definitely worth buying!