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A Verse Unsung

A Verse Unsung: Sleeping TigersSleeping Tigers (2007)
Somino

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


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There's something to be said for just being catchy. There's a special talent in crafting a song with just the right rhythms and just the right melodies to make you want to listen over, and over, and over again. Minneapolis' A Verse Unsung understand this, and their debut, Sleeping Tigers is a perfec.
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There's something to be said for just being catchy. There's a special talent in crafting a song with just the right rhythms and just the right melodies to make you want to listen over, and over, and over again. Minneapolis' A Verse Unsung understand this, and their debut, Sleeping Tigers is a perfect reflection of their knowledge and ability to implement it.

Rhythm is where it all starts, and the opening track, "Surround Me" has a real bombast that keeps the flow moving quickly and allows the big voice of singer Jake Scherer to come to the forefront. He's got a strong understanding of vocal dynamics that allow him to perfectly coalesce to the ebb and flow of whatever song he's singing over. If it's a more punchy, start-and-stop flow, his delivery reflects that; if it's a more smooth rise-and-fall type of flow, his delivery reflects that as well. Versatility or not, Scherer is at his best when really bellowing.

"A Better Place" allows him full freedom to do so; the slow pace of the track is a perfect forum for Scherer to display the full range of his vocal cords, and after some clean chord progressions towards the end of the song, he just lets go amidst the powerful rise-and-fall of the instrumentation underneath him. It's the kind of moment that the songs before that had been hinting at, and although he had been impressive before that track, it wasn't until right then that it was clearly evident what Scherer is capable of.

It's important not to forget that the band is capable of a much more mellow sound, however, and nowhere is that more apparent than "Pray for Me." The most low-key of the album's 10 tracks, the song finds Scherer and his bandmates in a much more reserved and contemplative light. Even when toned down to fit the delicate instrumentation of the song, Scherer's voice shimmers and soars above the track, leaving no one to question his ability to adapt to a different rhythm and melody.

As if it's not evident enough by my repeated mention of his name, Jake Scherer is the real star of this album. Though he plays guitar as well, he obviously couldn't do much without his bandmates, but none of that changes the fact that his vocal presence on this album is what will propel it to notoriety.

As well it should.

 

 
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crazyjoedevola (March 1, 2008)

the singer sounds like the guy from bayside

I think he sounds like a cross between him and Tim from Rise Against. I like the songs they have on their myspace.

TheMike (February 29, 2008)

Album, actually.

Maybe I'm missing something...

icapped2pac (February 28, 2008)

God damnit. I get it now. When it's capitalized, though, it makes me think it's a band name rather than the genre. What a shithead. At least now I'm home where I can hear this band for myself. Not too bad, I'll give it a 6 based on the songs on their myspace page.

inagreendase (February 27, 2008)

I read the whole review, but my simplistic brain needs some common reference (other than New Wave, whom I've never heard)

LOL.

supafly (February 27, 2008)

"Thereâ??s a special talent in crafting a song with just the right rhythms and just the right melodies to make you want to listen over, and over, and over again."

I am guessing that working with Steve Hodge had more to do with this than anything the band itself did. Nice to be able to work with a Grammy winner when you are an emergin pop rock band.

But good stuff, nonethless...

s_my_d (February 26, 2008)

the singer sounds like the guy from bayside

incetardis (February 26, 2008)

I love this record!! It's so good!! and i can't think of a band, that sounds exactly like that. Which is a good thing i guess...

Icapped2pac (February 26, 2008)

I read the whole review, but my simplistic brain needs some common reference (other than New Wave, whom I've never heard) for what they sound like. Somebody gimme some RIYL's since I have no sound card on this computer.

TheMike (February 26, 2008)

After listening to some of the songs on myspace, it sounds like they draw a huge influence from New Wave. "Resolve to Fight" is a lot like "Up The Cuts".

TheMike (February 26, 2008)

Sounds interesting. I might check this out.

I love the cover art.

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