With Arrows, With Poise
Posted June 17, 2008
There's just something about the music The Myriad has crafted with their sophomore album that can leave you speechless. Their overall sound is even hard to describe. I hear moments of the spacey Muse or atmospheric Radiohead as well as straight up catchy rock like their first single, 'A Clean Shot' shows. One thing is for sure, well-crafted is a great way to describe With Arrows, With Poise.
Right from the beginning of the album you can tell this isn't a typical rock record. The Myriad use a plethora of instruments that do indeed give the music an outer space type of feel. What's more is they manage to do this and keep things from getting depressing or drab. No, instead it's all upbeat as the lyrics heavily laden with metaphors and symbolism are delivered. You can see the Christian theme but they aren't 'in your face' about it. It's a bit more subtle than, say, a band like Sanctus Real or The Afters. But I think it's that mix that will be a hit with a wide audience. The lyrics certainly have a fairy tale vibe to them that I haven't quite figured out. But hey, the music keeps me coming back for more anyhow so I'll get it eventually!
Another thing I can say I noticed is the bass is quite powerful and not at all in background like some bands seem to forget it exists altogether. The aforementioned single, as well as 'Throwing Punches', make great use of it to set the mood. With the latter song and the closer, there seems to be a sense of urgency as the vocals croon around a hypnotic melody. Whether that's done by a piano or what sounds like a xylophone or whatever other instruments they used; it's all beautiful.
Ok... now I think I'm gushing... but you get my point. This is one of the most unique Christian releases I've heard and I love the artistic flair in the whole thing. It's anything but cookie cutter rock and overall a very rich and rewarding experience to the listener. The Myriad have given us one of the best of the year, Christian music or otherwise.
Gems of this album are: 'A Clean Shot', 'A Thousand Winters Melting', 'You Waste Time Like A Grandfather Clock'
Overall - 9.7/10
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