Music Review: Edison Glass – Time is Fiction [Credential]

Deviating from my norm a lot this time by listening to the sophmore full release from indie rockers Edison Glass.  Named after a fictional collaboration between Thomas Edison (more cowbell?) and Phillip Glass, this foursome from Long Island consists of brothers Joe (drums) and Josh “Mountain” (vocals/bass) Morin, Joshua Silverberg (vocals/guitar) and James Usher (guitar), and produces tight and infectious strains reminiscent of Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins, The Police - even some jazz influences.

The new cd entitled “Time is Fiction”, due out around February of 2008, represents more of the band’s desired sound compared to their initial release “A Burn or a Shiver” as they shared production duties with industry veteran Nathan Dantzler, who’s previous work has included everything from country to contemporary Christian to metal.  Make no mistake, this isn’t a hard rock disc nor some lilting emo cryfest, but instead a compilation of heartfelt musings & mature rock melodies that defy easy categorization. 

The 12 songs offered vary in tempo and mood from the energetic “Let Go” to the more reflective “Chances” to the soulful title track, but all share catchy & skillful musicianship, earnest vocalizations by either Joshua or Mountain (sometimes both), and a few diverse choices in instrumentation (most notably chimes, trumpet & and a real string section on ‘Jean Val Jean’ & ‘All Our Memories’).

Probably the best songs are the U2 reminiscent ‘End of You’, the softly sentimental ‘Jean Val Jean’ and the strongest on the disc, the haunting ‘All Our Memories’, but there is no filler to be found.  Each song showcases the band’s determination to produce something of quality, and distinction, to the listener’s ear.  Strolling through this disc is akin to a musical art exhibit where each piece tells a separate, compelling story while still completing a larger mosaic of emotion and thoughtfulness.

Lyrically, the band writes as meticulously and honestly as they play.  Several songs highlight admission of growth & understanding to past experiences (‘This Control’, ‘Chances’) while others celebrate life and passion (‘Cold Condition’, ‘Our Bodies Sing’) and still others make a positive call for action (‘Children in the Streets’).  The commonality amongst them seems to be an unpretentious display of inspiration and self-realization.

Ultimately, I know the industry isn’t fair and often the best don’t rise to the top, but these guys deserve to be huge.   As an avid listener of heavier, more brutal fare – this CD found it’s way into my car stereo far more times than I ever would have guessed.  And it should find it’s way to yours as well.

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