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SEVENDUST TIME TRAVELLERS AND BONFIRES REVIEW 2014

 

SEVENDUST - TIME TRAVELLERS AND BONFIRES

ASYLUM

APRIL 15 2014

 

 

‘Time Travellers and Bonfires’ sees Sevendust come over all acoustic on an album funded via the PledgeMusic crowd-funding platform. Now we at The Rockpit have pretty strong views on established bands using platforms like this to put out their music as it seems to be simple exploitation: you give us your money we’ll use it to create a product, sell it and take all the profit. On the other hand you could look at it like our Editor does in that it ‘puts money directly in the hands of the band which means they are more likely to record what they want and use the money directly rather than see a good portion syphoned off by their label’. I’m personally still dubious – if you want fans to have something special give them deluxe versions of your material rather tha pay you in advance to do your job.

 

That debate aside for another day, ‘Time Travellers and Bonfires’ is actually rather good, combining as it does rerecorded classics and new tracks and bringing them together acoustically. So what you get is six brand new songs and re-recordings of favourites like ‘Black’, ‘Gone’, ‘Denial’, ‘Karma’, ‘Trust’ and ‘Crucified’. ‘Trust’ and ‘Black’ (the first single) easily steal the show as far as the re-records go.

 

If you like Sevendust you will love this and it’s a great way to showcase the power of Witherspoon’s vocals, which pretty much steal the show here and simply soar. Of the new songs opener "Come Down" is a great track to hint at the new material’s direction and it’s one of the best tracks here. The grunge-tinged ‘Upbeat Sugar’ is another winner, but surprisingly our pick of the new is perhaps ballad ‘One Life’ which is pretty breathtaking.

 

Recommended.

 

 

by Leslii Phillips

 

SEVENDUST TIME TRAVELLERS AND BONFIRES REVIEW 2014