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The Vision of a Dying World – Receives A Skelephone Call From The Eastern Side CD Review

February 1, 2008

The Vision of a Dying WorldReceives A Skelephone Call From The Eastern Side EP

Single Screen Records

Unique and fun folk-rock that keeps pace with previous releases.

The Vision of a Dying World Receives A Skelephone Call From The Eastern Side EP marks the third release from the San Diego-based folk-rock outfit that I’ve reviewed, so I figured there was little to surprise me here.

Plain and simple: I love to listen to it, just as I’ve loved listening to previous releases. However, I was surprised that they didn’t surprise me.

The band changed up their sound between 2006’s What You Are To Be You Now Become and 2007’s And The Grammar Lamb from a bizarre folk-indie to a slightly less bizarre folk-rock. I love both styles, but hearing the band rocking out in the latter release was a pleasant change from the rather lethargic sound of the earlier release.

With the new EP, they stick with the sound heard in And The Grammar Lamb. Admittedly, it was both welcome and a disappointment. The aforementioned full-length was absolutely fantastic and the band comes back in full form for this release. Yet this ultimately makes the EP seem more like a B-Sides collection to And The Grammar Lamb rather than its own separate entity.

I suppose most people would be perfectly fine with knowing that a band they love isn’t changing their sound. I’ve complained of bands doing that exact thing on more than occasion. But with The Vision of a Dying World, the music just seems so much more artistic and free formed. I suppose listening to the Receives A Skelephone Call From The Eastern Side EP could be likened to seeing an exact copy of the Mona Lisa that was painted by hand by Da Vinci, but that is only half the size. It just seems slightly less original and less grand in scale.

Don’t misunderstand, the Makes A Skelephone Call From The Eastern Side EP is a fantastic release with great songs, such as “Held The Hand” and “Skelephone Call,” but I expected a little more from The Vision of a Dying World.

Nathan Williams

nathanmw@ou.edu

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