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Spaces to Occupy and Abandon

November 8, 2004

fiveblankpagesFive Blank Pages- Spaces to Occupy and Abandon

Best Element: Strong Melodies.

Genre: Pop/rock

Website: www.fiveblankpages.com

Label: Eezeestar records eezeestar’hotmail.com

Five Blank Pages will always hold a special place in my heart, as it is one of the last bands I discovered on Mp3.com. I would ask for a moment of silence here or tell it to rest in peace if both of those phrases were not so cliché- but they are, so I’ll settle for this phrase: I miss you, Mp3.com.

I could go into a long diatribe on that, but I will not. I will return to the task at hand and describe Five Blank Pages’ inaugural EP, Spaces to Occupy and Abandon. Their sound is a rather average pop/rock type sound, so this 17 minute EP is a rather straight-forward affair, and will be dealt with as such.

  1. “Lacewood” is a mostly instrumental acoustic intro to the album. It’s pretty, mellow, and just barely over a minute.
  2. The first real song here is “A Point of Reference”, where we are introduced to some smooth vocals, a rather jumpy guitar sound, basic drum patterns, and occasional keys. The melody here is pretty nifty, but the guitar riff gets old fast.
  3. To throw in some variation, “Your Best Day is Yet to Come” is rather mellow. This features the vocals again, and once again has some nice melodies. The rest of the band doesn’t really shine here either. It’s a functional backdrop- not much else.
  4. Next, we’re introduced to “Richie T.”, a happy medium between mellow and loud. The blippy keyboard noises inserted here are very well done, just as well as- you guessed it- the melody. It’s very soothing here- probably the best out of the bunch. This song is capped off with the coolest effect they use: as the guitars get heavier and heavier at the end of the song, the drums get faster and faster, until it’s basically a metal-esque blender of sound. The keyboards do a little effect and kill off all the noise abruptly, and “Richie T.” effortlessly segues into
  5. “Used To”, which is a very interesting song because it sounds remarkably like “Your Best Day is Yet to Come”, only with better input by the band. You can probably guess by now what my favorite part of this song is- cause I mean, when you start singing about “Louis Armstrong and the Beatles, Led Zeppelin number 2…” you can’t help but love the vocals. After that mellow-ish song, we hit
  6. the closer, which is titled “Five Blank Pages”. I actually liked this song least, because by the time we got to this point in the album, I was really not interested in Five Blank Pages’ sound, and I kept losing interest in this song. As many times as I listened to this album, it just never failed to fail me.

This is a pretty average pop/rock album. If you like REM, you’ll like this- that’s about the closest comparison I can give. It has some great melody, so if you’re a sucker for the vocals, Five Blank Pages will float your boat for a long time- if you’re into composition and overall songwriting, there’s better things to do with your time.

-Stephen Carradini

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