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1997

1997: A Better View of the Rising MoonA Better View of the Rising Moon (2007)
Victory Records

Reviewer Rating: 3


Contributed by: SydBarrett420SydBarrett420
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I usually don't get into music with female vocals. I don't know what it is, but traditionally female vocals have never done anything for me. That's why I was suprised to find that I enjoyed 1997's Victory debut A Better View of the Rising Moon so much. The album opens with Kevin Thomas singing a.
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I usually don't get into music with female vocals. I don't know what it is, but traditionally female vocals have never done anything for me. That's why I was suprised to find that I enjoyed 1997's Victory debut A Better View of the Rising Moon so much.

The album opens with Kevin Thomas singing and I immediately started to have a bad first impression. I thought "standard pop-punk fare time." That changed however upon hearing the sweet vocals of Kerri Mack. Mack and Thomas harmonize with one another and guitarist Caleb Pepp to create what is udoubtedly the album's high point: the vocal harmonies. I also couldn't help but be reminded a little bit of Pretty Girls Make Graves while listening to this album.

On tracks such as the opener "Waters Edge" and "Patience, Patience," 1997 comes together nicely. The instrumentation is nice and lush and the combination of male/female vocals work nicely. On "Grace," Mack's beautiful voice is showcased in a sort of Amy Lee goes emo-ish fashion. "Enough Is Enough" works well with a nice outro. All is not roses however, as the musicianship sometimes isn't able to keep up with the splendid vocals of Mack and Thomas and the song "Tennessee" just doesn't work.

For a label that catches as much flack as Victory does, this is the second solid pop-punk album they have put out this year (the other being the latest Bayside record). Check out this record if for nothing more than Kerri Mack's beautiful voice.

 

 
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swellersfan7407 (February 17, 2009)

For some reason i kinda like this album

swellersfan7407 (February 17, 2009)

For some reason i kinda like this album

Anonymous (April 18, 2007)

All is most definitely not forgiven. Sheeeesh.

crazytoledo (April 18, 2007)

However, both Darkest Hour & Between the Buried and Me are working on new albums.

So all is forgiven.

crazytoledo (April 18, 2007)

I can't find this album online and I only heard some rough demos, so I have no idea what to expect from this.

Victory has been in the shitter since Comeback Kid put an album out. Hell, they've released like three worthy albums since sometime in 06.

Inspection12e (April 17, 2007)

Someone told me this was good then I realized it was on Victory.

And HA! to the guy below me.

Anonymous (April 17, 2007)

ironically, 1997 is also when victory was at its peak.

SydBarrett420 (April 17, 2007)

I want to make an apology to all. It seems Alida Marroni was only recently added to the band and is currently featured on all press for the band. Kerri mack performed the vocals on the album as I understand it.

GlassPipeMurder (April 17, 2007)

Meh...I didn't think it was quite energetic enough to be considered pop-punk. I think I like the Forecast better when it comes to m/f vocals on Victory.

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