The Vision of a Dying World – And the Grammar Lamb
Original, fun folk-rock that will appeal to anyone.
Single Screen Records (www.myspace.com/singlescreenrecords)
After reviewing the eclectic folk sounds of What You Are To Be You Now Become, I hoped that more great music from The Vision of a Dying World would find its way to my desk. My wishes came true. Following up on their last stellar album, San Diego-based folk-rock outfit strikes gold once again with And The Grammar Lamb.
Immediately, I noticed that the band had changed up their sound. Moving away from the soft and sometimes bizarre folk of What You Are To Be You Now Become, And The Grammar Lamb, takes on a distinctly more rock tone while still retaining most of the folk elements and some of the unique lyrical style of the album’s predecessor.
The immediately catchy “Awoken By A Scene From The End Times,” opens the album with a bang. With a driving drum beat, some fantastic electric guitar work done with that open twang reminiscent of classic country music and some infectious vocals, the tone for the rest of the album is set.
Next up is the somewhat jazzy “Horns Become Handles,” which brings out some of the band’s interesting lyrical and vocal style.
“Dangers,” “Cadillac Bears” and “Not A Place” continue the upbeat folk-rock sound of the previous tracks. The band continues to shine in these with their use of vocal harmonies and their sometimes crazy lyrics.
Track six, “A Day At The Medicine Show,” is the first real departure from the sound established by the other tracks. Here is a slow ballad, with thoughtful lyrics and a great chorus which you cannot help but sing to (“Oh my darlin’ Clementine, kiss me sweet and move your feet in time”).
Down the line, at track nine, is “Wishing Well,” a re-recording of a track from What You Are To Be You Now Become. The old recording was great, but this one has a more upbeat and swinging feel, making it more in line with this new album. I like this recording just as much as the old one, though I would have traded it for a new song if possible.
Bringing back the sound feel of “A Day At The Medicine Show,” is “Hell Is Waiting.” Like a bizarre lullaby, the song fluctuates between soft vocal harmonies and driving six-eight guitar chords that drive the song. It’s eerily beautiful.
Capturing the slightly bizarre acoustic folk sounds of their previous album is the final track, “Life To The Living Dead,” a song driven by little more than an acoustic guitar and some odd percussion. It maybe wasn’t the best choice for an album closer. That probably would have been “Hell Is Waiting.” Nevertheless, it’s a solid track and captures the band’s unique style well.
With What You Are To Be You Now Become, I suggested that the album might not be for everyone. However, with And The Grammar Lamb, I think The Vision of a Dying World has delivered a CD that, although it trades in some of the signature style that made the previous release so unique, will appeal to almost anyone. Find this album wherever you can, because it is worth listening to.
– Nate Willliams