Album Reviews

The Eden House – Songs For The Broken Ones Review

Released by: Jungle Records

Release date: 16 June 2017

Genre: Gothic Rock

Links: http://theedenhouse.com/ , https://www.facebook.com/TheEdenHouse/

 

Line up:

Stephen Carey – Guitar

Tony Pettitt – Bass

Simon Rippin – Drums

 

Track Listing:

  1. Verdades (I Have Chosen You)
  2. One Heart
  3. Misery
  4. 12th Night
  5. The Ghost Of You
  6. Ours Again
  7. It’s Just A Death
  8. Words Ands Deeds
  9. Let Me In
  10. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
  11. Second Skin
  12. The Ardent Tide

 

Collaborations, usually a word that drives fear into my little album reviewing heart, (well some say I don’t have a heart, but hey if I did). I detest collaborations more than live albums and cover albums combined, so when this not so little album dropped into my inbox I shuddered. At 1hour 9mins long I wondered if it would hold my attention for that length of time. Unfortunately, it did not, there is nothing fundamentally wrong with this album, it just is a tad too long, which is a great shame. I may also like to point out at this early stage that I am not the biggest fan of Gothic rock, there i have said it.

So anyway, back to the album. It opens strongly with Verdades (I Have Chosen You) and although not all of the vocals were in English it was easy to understand the emotional context of this song. One Heart follows the open and continues what it has started; the melodic vocals of the guest vocalist are in harmony with both the instruments and the backing vocals. This continues at what seems like exactly the same tempo and style for the next three tracks until we get to Ours Again, where the tempo picks up a bit and there is a bit of a remix vibe going on. Returning to the formula that is clear from the first 5 tracks on this album, It’s Just A Death continues from where The Ghost Of You finished, and the formula continues non stop until the end of the album.

I cannot fault this album technically, and if you like Gothic Rock I am sure you will love it.  I just found it tedious, with each song pretty much sounding the same and the previous and the next. I have listened to this several times, and each time I have had to go away and come back to it I couldn’t tell you which track is playing, they are all that similar.

For The Eden House fans out there, I am sure you will love this, along with the gothic rock fans. However, anybody else, you may just end up thinking ‘when is this track going to end’?

 

 Written by:  Kalli Isborne

Ratings: 6/10

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