The Second Sunrise - ... Left Before You Came
In 2005, The Second Sunrise released ... Left Before You Came as their follow up to Sleep Delivers. The band displays great potential through this EP with each and every track. The hardest thing to figure out about The Second Sunrise is seeing who they compare to. They have a different type of sound, so it was very difficult to add bands to the "Try If You Like" category. While the lyrics paint the scene the music is the medium which you can continue to the next painting.
The seven track EP begins with the song This Is Our Telephone Pole, a hometown favorite in Waldorf, Maryland. The track provides for a great opening as it portrays the musical talent of each and every member. This Is Our Telephone Pole draws you into the album and calls out for you to listen for more suprises. Starving Artists and Specified Action has a completely different tone than This Is Our Telephone Pole, which can change the listeners mood as well. This was either a mistake, or a brilliant move to make. (It was definitely a brilliant move.) The lyrics to this track are what really shine, Danny Welch and Brett Stinson do great jobs with their individual vocals. It Felt Like A Movie, So I Had To Do It is the track that makes for a great to sing along to. This is byfar one of the catchiest tracks on the album. Literary Piano was my own personal favorite track off of this EP. Everything in the band pulls together in this track and fits to perfectly. After you reach the three minute mark the song seems to slow down, but then the sound changes on you and guitars and bass kick in. Pretnse Against Our Receptions is another hometown favorite from The Second Sunrise. "Sleep not to be awake. Breathe only because you have to. Define the strength and reinforce the doubt you thought you'd once loose." Well spoken gentlemen, very well spoken. Once again, the album switches moods on you with the track At Once Heroic and Sick. A song which I'm sure almost everyone could relate to in some way or another. The lyrics speak for themself, "Please reconsider, try doing something for someone else other than yourself." Just those lyrics alone can be placed into a number of situations. The lyrics to this song make it easily to relate to, which raises the rate at which you replay it. The ending track, Come Back To Simpler Times is a great ending track because it completes the EP by using build and release. For over a minute, you hear everything building up to the explosion of music at the ending. A great ending to an even greater EP from The Second Sunrise.
There are barely any flaws, at least none big enough to interfere with the listening experience. Otherwise this is a great EP released upon the world, one I definitely recommend ordering from the internet. Make sure to drop by The Second Sunrise on myspace to check out some of their new material since this album. You will not be let down.
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