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"The Pursuit Begins When This Portrayal of Life Ends" CD Review
By Megan Ash/FloridaEntertainmentScene.com
Release Date: July 24, 2007
Released By: Hollywood Records
October 15, 2007 - Evans Blue was formed in early ‘05 in Toronto, Canada consisting of five members from three separate bands. The members of Evans Blue met at a message board, shortly after formed the group after a dye that is injected into the blood stream to measure the blood volume.
This is the second album for the band, the first being The Melody and the Energetic Nature of Volume that came out in early February of ‘06. The hit was Cold But I am Still Here, though the album has many more. Evans Blue has played with Staind, Taproot, Hot Hot Heat, Alice In Chains and Breaking Benjamin.
Just as in The Melody they have another cover song, this time it’s Tori Amos’ Caught a Light Sneeze, versus Possession by Sarah McLachlan. This album has reached a maturity that the first album lacked, though what the last album lacked in maturity it made up with passion. The Pursuit Begins When This Portrayal Of Life Ends does not lack passion, angst, or good beats.
Evans Blue has a different drummer for this album, with Davis Howard replacing Danny D, who left the group who replaced the original drummer Darryl Brown. Darryl Brown was with Evans Blue for the first album and the beginning of the tour, Danny D from Boston took his place when Darryl left unexpectedly, finished up the tour. Evans Blue has three original demo songs posted on their myspace account, the songs are Black Hole, Saturnalia and Starlight. They are currently on tour throughout ‘07 hitting spots in the US and Canada, their first headlining tour is called Curbside Confessions of a Catastrophe.
"The Pursuit" and "In a Red Dress and Alone" are the two hit singles hitting the airwaves from this album. Undeniably the first song on both albums have strange names in The Melody it is A Cross and a Girl Named Blessed, and (this album) In a Red Dress and Alone. The hidden gem in this album is "Painted," with almost ten minutes of wonderful music. It’s slow, melodic and beautiful, Kevin Matisyn (lead singer) sings about love, regret and how you can’t always go back. Kiss the Flag is obviously about the war but in a “don’t shoot until you see the red and white in blue in my eyes.” The song is about a son growing up thinking his life pointless, boring - he goes to fight in the war to give him meaning. God helping us to bring him back - to stop the war to make peace.
This whole album is worth listening to while hanging out with friends, driving in your car or just lounging around the house. The cover song is also worth listening if that is the only thing you want to listen to on the album. It is one of the few remixes out there on the airwaves that are actually worthy of listening too.
The Pursuit Begins When This Portrayal of Life Ends Track Listing:
01. In a Red Dress and Alone" 3:09
02. "Shine Your Cadillac" 3:45
03. "Q (The Best One of Our Lives)" 3:57
04. "Kiss the Flag" 4:31
05. "My Damsel: A Confession to an Adversary" 5:42
06. "Pin-Up" 4:53
07. "Caught a Lite Sneeze" 4:06
08. "Fear" 3:58
09. "Dear Lucid, Our Time is Right Now" 3:46
10. "Painted" 9:19
11. "The Pursuit" 4:26
Evans Blue Is:
Evans Blue is from Toronto, Ont and tour on a regular basis.
For more artist information log onto the official Evans Blue Website.
To sample music visit the Evans Blue page at myspace.com.
Check out the official Hollywood Records website.
CD Review by Megan Ash - Copyright © 2007 Florida Entertainment Scene - All Rights Reserved.