Memorable melodies, intelligent lyrics and skilled musicians powered by, not one but two, talented female singers puts Waking Elliot into a unique classification among rock bands. Post-grunge alternative acts are a dime a dozen these days and those fronted by cute girls with mediocre voices have become common as well, but the dual-voiced assault here takes this band to a new level. It isn’t fair to the rest of them to concentrate too much on the vocal stylings of Mary Carson and Allyson Brown though they’re probably used to it. So for the sake of this review, let’s get it out of the way: big voices like these are usually reserved for R&B and pop. While the prospect of “hit music” turns off some alternative bands and fans, Walking Elliot is every bit as talented as acts like Paramore, Flyleaf and Evanescence.
Formed in late 2009, they’ve become a favorite in the Connecticut music scene and you can still see them in local bars and clubs – for now. With a set list consisting of original material and covers from a range of artists like Journey, Black Eyed Peas and Maroon 5, Walking Elliot obviously knows the value of versatility. Their debut album, Simply Pathological, was released in November of 2010 and contains some real gems. One Two reminds one immediately of Evanescence’s Bring Me To Life but contains several tempo and style changes that sets it apart. Truth or Dare has an irrisistable hook but the deeper meaning in it’s lyrics – of a failed and abusive relationship – puts the song above typical alt-pop radio fare. “Hold Me Here” is a lovely and moving ballad (understated) about impending heartbreak and the realization it’s time to move on (…”Wish we could last a whole lifetime Wish we could last but we’re moving on. One word could hold me here…”). I’ve reviewed a lot of music in my life. Seldom has a song brought me to tears.
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