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Full Surrender-The Distance Between EP

March 1, 2005

fullsurrenderBand Name: Full Surrender
Album Name: The Distance Between EP
Best element: Unique and beautiful use of acoustic guitar
Genre: Emo/Hardcore
Label name: Jerk Records (
Band e-mail:

Within Full Surrender’s The Distance Between are five tracks which demonstrate musicians who have great potential. There are some things that they do incredibly well, and some things that they can improve upon.

As a high point, Full Surrender’s vocalist’s ability to sing is incredible. His voice is very emotive, and very easy to listen to…until the screaming starts. As an emo band, they are excellent, but the hardcore elements in each song feel out of place.

Another high point is the very clever use of acoustic guitar found throughout this CD. They don’t overuse the acoustic guitar – it is incorporated in a very subtle way, and creates a very sensitive undertone. Thus, it fits into their songs without screaming “listen to me! I‘m here!” This makes Full Surrender’s sound very unique and very aurally pleasing.

Song-wise, high points include “Borealis” and “For the Sake of Ten”, which stand out as runaway “hits”. The only musical low point is “Win Sen”, which is redeemed by lyrics so good that it’s not skippable.

The high points definitely outweigh the low points here, and having said that, it is really hard not to like this EP.

-Andrea Goodwin

Stephen Carradini and Lisa Whealy write reviews of instrumental, folk, and singer/songwriter music. We write about those trying to make the next step in their careers and established artists.

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