The first thing I noticed about Echo Revolution's new album
Counterfeit Sunshine was its obvious U2 influence. Lead
singer Lee Harding's vocals are easily recognized as Bono-esque.
Even the drums and self-described "flavor guitar" are reminiscent
of early 90's U2. Whereas Echo Revolution's music will appeal to anyone
who loves this genre, those of us looking for something new are left
The first track off the four piece band's latest album, entitled "Open
Your Eyes", sets the upbeat, straightforward rock tone, nothing
very indie or hardcore or alternative about it. The title track "Counterfeit
Sunshine" slows things down a bit with a melancholy keyboard-led
change of pace. My favorite track is the ultra-funky "What Say
You?" Replete with a catchy beat, a groovy bass line and bluesy
keyboard, I found myself struggling to keep from tapping my foot.
The next track, "Good To Be Home" makes for an sharp but
interesting contrast. The upbeat, dancy song actually sounds a lot
more like Vampire Weekend than U2. I also enjoyed the harder-rocking
"Soul Work" that shows off tones of Echo Revoution's more
Overall, Echo Revolution has a polished and professional sound. My
problem with the album is that a band who tries too hard to sound
like a different, more famous band struggles to grow artistically.
Maybe I feel this more because it's hard to get away from the U2 impersonation
after the first song sets it up so strongly.
Echo Revolution does have range, but the style sounds a bit dated,
as if the album could have been released 10-15 years ago. They also
sound like a band that probably shines a lot more during live performances,
so I'd be interested what kind of difference live energy makes on
their songs. Basically, if this is your style of music, Echo Revolution
will be right up your alley. Personally, I'd like to see them find
a more distinguished style but at least they have the potential.
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