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The Spill Canvas

The Spill Canvas: Sunsets And Car CrashesSunsets And Car Crashes (2003)
One Eleven Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


Contributed by: Sally_FieldMeg
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Anyone who can go from playing in a metal band to an acoustic solo project and excel at both definitely warrant respect. And by gosh, that's exactly what Nick Thomas has done. Eventually evolving into a four-part band, the Spill Canvas' 2003 debut release, Sunsets And Car Crashes, has already provid.
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Anyone who can go from playing in a metal band to an acoustic solo project and excel at both definitely warrant respect. And by gosh, that's exactly what Nick Thomas has done. Eventually evolving into a four-part band, the Spill Canvas' 2003 debut release, Sunsets And Car Crashes, has already provided them with a solid fan-base.

The Spill Canvas' sound often gets compared to Dashboard Confessional, onelinedrawing, the Early November, and the Lyndsay Diaries, while the only similarity that comes to mind is the acoustic guitar. Sunsets And Car Crashes begins with a love ballad in "Aim Snap Fall," in which Nick's hushed voice tells the listener, "I think I found my better half." Ah, how charming. It's difficult to describe the appeal that the Spill Canvas provides. Dorky, romantic, rhyming lyrics are a dime-a-dozen nowadays, but somehow they manage to pull it off without sounding like every other token "emo" band out there.

After the slow pace of "Aim Snap Fall" the listener may not expect an upbeat track to follow. But alas, perhaps this is where the Spill Canvas separate themselves from the others: each track is unique in tempo and melody. "Caterpillars" is a fairly upbeat song, and while the subject matter remains love, the song really picks up about a minute into it.

The third track, "The Tide," remains a somewhat nostalgic song, in that Nick performs it solo on both the record and during live performances. Sprinkled throughout the 12-song release, the Spill Canvas even add a hint of female vocals to the mixture, to add to the soft, dream-like feel.

In short, if albums centering around love and happiness make you sick (coughwow, shockingcough), Sunsets And Car Crashes is not the record for you. However, for those who can appreciate romantic, acoustic, feel-good albums, you just may fall in love with the Spill Canvas.

MP3s
The Tide
All Hail The Heartbreaker

 

 
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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
HeroineBob (May 16, 2007)

I haven't heard loads from this band (only what my friend orders me to listen to every now and then) but whta I do hear from them I like alot.

Nikole

Anonymous (January 16, 2006)

the spill canvas is not just "another shitty emo band" they have some of the best music out there. the tide is probably one of the most beautiful i've heard in a very long time.

Anonymous (November 1, 2005)

I freakin love spill canvas they rock!!!! I loved hanging out with them when they toured okc!

Anonymous (October 2, 2005)

i absolutely loved this album. go out and get it

Steveman (April 21, 2005)

This guy is definetly a great musician. I've seen him twice in our small town and each show has been great. The second time he came around it seemed like every single person new the lyrics. I love his playing too.

Anonymous (April 17, 2005)

One of the better acoustic "emo" musicians out there.

Anonymous (April 16, 2005)

This is an EXCELLENT album... by far one of the best in 2003!

Anonymous (April 15, 2005)

"Anyone who can go from playing in a metal band to an acoustic solo project and excel at both" ... is probably just trying to make a buck off of you. - OC

Inspection12e (April 15, 2005)

I like this cd alot. You aren't the only one on this site Sally.

Anonymous (April 15, 2005)

this band saved my faggoty life!

swingline (April 15, 2005)

excellent musicianship.

-falloutboyxyouthkrew01-

Anonymous (April 15, 2005)

second! gay

Anonymous (April 15, 2005)

Yuck.

-Chinatown

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