Anthony Green - Avalon
Here is what fans of Circa Survive have been waiting for. Almost super-human vocalist Anthony Green finally released his solo album, Avalon. With an unmatched vocal range and lyrics that would make your heart melt this is an album that has been in the works for years and years. Legions of fans have been waiting to find out what he would do. And thus, he made a folk album with a sprinkle of a pop feeling ("Dear Child I've Been Dying To Reach You").
Avalon starts with a folky love song entitled "She Loves Me So." With flowing and twangy guitars it is a perfect start to a incredible album. Now we move on to the first single and in my opinion the best track of the album, "Dear Child (I've Been Dying To Reach You). Impressive in every way Green delivers one of his best performances period. The esoteric lyrics and vocal delivery are some of the best of his career and are full of conviction and passion. Followed up by a gem of a song dubbed "Drug Dealer" which is a stripped down track dealing with self-hate and self medication. Followed by songs like "Stonehearted Man," "Miracle Sun," and "Califone" the album transitions beautifully into its' more folky and raw (the word being used in the best way possible) second half. A track called "Slowing Down" is easily the most personal and emotional track of the album. It tells a tale of a failing relationship and honestly shows you another side to Green's demeanor. Not only is this album amazing but after the first 11 tracks is an included EP and another Five demos or so. This album is arguably perfect and a high point of his career. In short Anthony Green's Avalon is not something you want to miss.
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on 2008-09-12 Smeesan Said:
Not gonna review it yet, due to the lack of my full attention to the whole album.
I love Anthony Green's other stuff, and yes, his vocals are great. But I keep finding myself turning on "Dear Child" and neglecting to revisit the other songs nearly as much. That, to me, is a sign of an album I'll eventually toss into the dustbin of my collection. It's good, it's enjoyable to listen to, but it's far from golden.
But I think blackxdan is onto something - we keep wanting to hear Circa or Saosin - and we don't. We get Green - which all in all isn't terrible, but we're waiting for what we've been given from him before. He's a little bit pigeon-holed, in my opinion.
on 2008-08-15 X_NaStY Said:
After only listening to the first few songs, I'm starting to get a little bored. Although, I felt the same way about circa survive's latest disc. The only track that has really done anything for me on this one is the single, Dear Child.
on 2008-08-14 blackxdan Said:
I didn't express my thought clearly and completely.
but do you honestly think that everyone that listens to this album is not going to be biased even just a little bit? So many people think it's amazing just because it's anthony green. Thats not the case, it's not that great.
on 2008-08-14 DeathEyesForKiley Said:
It is what he wanted to do. And what is the whole thing about not letting it persuade your opinion of the album cause it has anthony green. It doesn't have him, its his album. He is the only reason you buy it. not other things. it was a solo project it is obviously what he wanted to do. So yeah let Anthony Green persuade your opinion of the album because IT IS HIS ALBUM, not circa, not saosin, not the sound of animals fighting, just his.
on 2008-08-13 blackxdan Said:
overrated album. it's really not as great as people want it to be. Just because it has anthony green staring, don't let that persuade your opinion of the album
on 2008-08-11 DeathEyesForKiley Said:
I disagree. The talent was just used in a different way. Did you expect another saosin or circa? As for the comment about it being repetitive, well its a folk album what did you expect....
on 2008-08-06 mountaloha Said:
I couldn't have been more excited to hear about a solo Anthony Green project. That excitement died after hearing the first couple of songs. It seems like such an incredible talent was wasted under repetitive, boring rifts like in "stonehearted man." Maybe my expectations were too high, but this fell flat in my eyes. The only song I truly enjoyed was "Springtime Out The Van Window," which has no vocals at all.