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The Colour
Between Earth & Sky
re:think

Rating: 8/10 ?


February 5, 2007
It's no coincidence that, historically speaking, some of the best rock and roll is also the most pompous. Numerous bands, from The Rolling Stones to Aerosmith, feature frontmen with a boastful, testosterone-driven swagger that only seems to accentuate the strut-rock building in the background. Even on an album, the showmanship of these legends is palpable, and it's that same vibe that's becoming so pervasive with the forthcoming wave that blends garage rock and nu-wave so well.

The Colour is the latest quintet to channel that same bombastic attitude into an electric ride entitled Between Earth & Sky. Lead track "Can't You Hear It Call" sounds a couple branches over from Kings of Leon on the musical family tree, complete with cymbal crashes, stated vocals and straightforward guitar groove. Other songs like "Save Yourself," "Our Children Were The Stars," and "Salt The Earth" follow the same formula without becoming formulaic, the latter of which highlights vocalist Wyatt Hull's echoing screams as he finds his inner Robert Plant.

That doesn't mean, however, that The Colour aren't able to bring it down a notch. On the contrary, both "Bearded The Lady" and "Dirge To Earth & Sky" close the album with appropriate balladry. The former lulls the audience with a piano-driven, kick drum combo that works effectively, although Hull is unable to fully harness the adrenaline flowing to this point. The latter closes Between Earth & Sky in the same sing-along fashion it opened with, only with a slightly British nod with the same sway and meter as Aqualung's "You Turn Me Around."

After three years of touring in both the United States and the United Kingdom, The Colour have finally found their big break as the flagship act on EMI's new re:think imprint. A bold step takes a bold act and this one's as sure as any to hoist the banner of rock and roll for the years to come.

Reviewed by Matt Conner
A contributing writer, Matt Conner lives in Anderson, Indiana.

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