EP REVIEW: Beecher's Fault - Beecher's Fault (EP)
By Cyrus Rhodes - 06/10/2011 - 12:35 AM EDT
Artist: Band: Beecher’s Fault
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Album: Beecher’s Fault (EP)
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Alternative Pop/Rock
Sounds Like: The Beetles, Death Cab for Cutie, They Might be Giants
Technical Grade: 10/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 10/10
Commercial Value: 10/10
Overall Talent Level: 10/10
Songwriting Skills: 10/10
Performance Skill: 10/10
Best Songs: Fine by Me, Rearranged
Weakness: I GIVE UP!
New Jersey’s own 3 piece Beecher’s Fault release their debut self-titled EP in 2011. Band consists of Ben Taylor (Vocals & Guitar) Ken Lamken (Vocals Keys) & Eric Levine (Drums).
The EP gently takes to flight with soothing intro piece “Liars”. This song methodically serves up delicate guitar ambiance against driving rock rhythms, impressive harmonies & vocal flair from Taylor. Track 2 “Fine by Me” shifts gears a bit with flowing rock rhythm, impressive keyboard accents, & hooky vocal melodies from Taylor & company. Track 3 “Leftover People” serves up a clever methodical piece complete with clever lyrical content, & am impressive musical build that flows & ebbs it’s way through to emotional fruition. As the EP slowly unfolds I can hear many musical influences reminiscent of classic Sparklehorse, They Might Be Giants,Death Cab for Cutie, & The Beetles. This EP makes a pretty solid first impression. Right from the start you will notice rich musical textures overflowing everywhere, full of variety, solid playing & world class songwritting. I would classify this music as acoustic pop rock, with a slight aftertaste of alternative rock. The songs themselves are addictive, & thought provoking complete with passionate thought provoking subject matter. The musicianship of this band is rock solid across the board. The players themselves write, & play there parts extremely well. Turing our attention to singer Ben Taylor – let me go on record to say his voice is amazing & has a falsetto that is to die for. Taylor’s voice works well across the board & fills the sonic space peacefully & unobtrusively. If he wrote all these songs - well he could be bigger than any of currently realize. From passionate “Rearranged” to heartfelt “Conductor” this EP pretty much has something for just about everyone.
I generally don't give out 10 star ratings to EP's - but I think I will make an exception for Beecher's Fault as they are clearly doing everything right on this EP. Let me go on record by saying Beecher's Fault is one of the hottest new bands I've heard in 2011. Amzaing EP!
The self-titled debut EP by Beacher’s Fault is an impressive musical sampler from start to finish. The music is clean, goes down smooth, & the messages are extremely thought provoking & passionate in nature. It’s strong suit – the deeply rich production value, amazing songs & strong vocal presence from Ben Taylor. It’s amazing how much talent this 3 piece brings to the table. Beecher’s Fault possesses enough musical talent & songwriting prowess to be extremely dangerous in 2011. One would be wise to keep a watchful eye on them. I can’t wait to hear the full length CD hopefully this Summer.
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