Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Sleeping With Sirens: Feel Review

Sleeping with Sirens is an American rock band from Orlando, Florida currently residing in Grand Rapids, Michigan, formed in 2009 by members of For All We KnowBroadway and We Are Defiance. The band is currently signed to Rise Records and has released two full-length albums, With Ears To See and Eyes To Hear and Let’s Cheers To This. The first album debuted at number 7 on Billboard’s Top Heatseekers chart, and at number 36 on Top Independent Albums. 

Sleeping With Sirens focus has always been to extrapolate every single ounce of vocal potential from Kellin Quinn. "Feel" does absolutely nothing to dispel that fact and at times even embraces it. While Quinn's vocals have actually progressed over the years it essentially always seems to be a one man show. The instruments are lost in the background as is almost every guest vocalist on this album including MGK. The best track also features another talented clean vocalist Shayley Bourget. Regardless the key problem with Sleeping With Sirens is the complete reliance on Kellin, beyond that nothing truly stands out. Lyrically they have done very little to evolve, and as stated before the instruments are simply background noise. To that affect the Quinn puts on one of his best performances to date on this album, essentially silencing any non-believers.

"Feel" is the best attempt yet for Sleeping With Sirens to progress and muffle the critics. That being said they still have a long way to come in order to evolve into a coherent band. With more effort put into instruments and lyrics we could certainly see the best possible Sleeping With Sirens. There were some shining moments on this album and as a whole it is a nice step out of their comfort zone. Perhaps they we will grow out of the shell they have created behind Kellin Quinn and truly express themselves as a full band.

Track List 
1. Feel
2. Here We Go
3. Free Now
4. Alone
5. I'll Take You There
6. The Best There Ever Was
7. Low
8. Congratulations
9. Déjà Vu
10. These Things I've Done
11. Sorry
12. Satellites

Article by: Larry Harris

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