Bullets of Orange's self titled, debut LP has its ups and downs, but unfortunately spends too much time down to be appreciated for what it is meant to be. It is easy to see what this band is attempting to do right from the beginning; play meaningful songs, and try to be as original as possible. But, it just doesn't work. By the end of this album the listener is left drained, but not emotionally, it was because they fell asleep on the third track, and nothing on the rest of the album woke them up.
OK, perhaps I'm over exaggerating here, but not by that much. There is one well-done thing on this album and that is the lyrics, they are very well written (mostly about love), but the rest of the album isn't structured to be too supportive. Sometimes it takes good vocals to really stress how good the lyrics are, and that just doesn't happen here. The vocals sound like Our Lady Peace crossed with Robbie Williams, hitting whiney highs, and raspy lows, but not staying constant at any point in between. Some of the better lyrics are found on the album come from the tracks, "Lullabies" ("Lullabies are only temporary/ Makes things right if only for the night") and, "Let Me Love You" ("Let me love you baby/ Look into these eyes/ See the love you've waited for"). However, these are only a few, most of the tracks are peppered with at least one or two notable quotes.
The actual music on this album tries to do too much. The actual music on the album is done very well, its just a wee big too draggy, some of the songs just go on and on; with more than one track breaking the six minute mark. I will give them credit for sounding at least a little different though, but it sounds like they can actual find their own sound, like what their playing doesn't really work for them.
If this band changes some things around there is potential for a better album the second time around, but they are going to need a damn good producer. Most of the tracks aren't radio friendly, which isn't always a bad thing, but some of them aren't even listener friendly on top of that. On the plus side, they are one of the better bands I've heard come out of Nashville in a long time.
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