Fifteen Fleeting - Signals from an Empty Room
Record Label: None
Release Date: December 4, 2008
Fifteen Fleeting is quite possibly Jersey’s best-kept secret since the early days of a little unknown band called My Chemical Romance. Despite making a name for themselves as a band called Trust and then suddenly switching their name only a few months ago, it does not seem to have affected the band’s upward trajectory. The latest effort from the band, Signals from an Empty Room, only proves that. This album is a great slice of pop punk that manages to at once showcase emo at its most naked and country at its most vulnerable.
Though there are no tracks on the album that need to be skipped, the first half of the album contains this disc’s weaker songs. Though both “Signals from an Empty Room” and “If It’s Alright” are great, memorable songs, “Streetlight Limelight” makes both preceding songs leave a bad taste in the listener’s mouth. However, once the listener reaches “Man Of Tomorrow,” all he needs to do is just sit back and let the music take its course. Songs like “Man of Tomorrow” and “Among a Million” are both amazing tunes that manage to give off an emo-meets-country vibe. “This Time” and “The Only” are both sweet songs that manage to get a little experimental, especially in the off-kilter drum/bass and vocal dynamic. “In Pursuit Of…” and “A Just Perspective” make for the album’s highlights, combining some of the most risky experimentation I have seen (from a band so young, that is) with an instinct to just write good music.
The album’s choice cuts are as follows: “Among A Million” for its beautiful acoustic guitar and violin usage, “In Pursuit Of…” for its pure artfulness (the song is completely instrumental and consists of some soft, sparse guitar melodies), and “A Just Perspective” for its ability to simultaneously summarize the band’s entire sound, experiment in ways not many bands would dare to, and create an epic piece so wonderful it rivals the scale of Anberlin’s "*Fin."
Overall this is a very strong effort from a very strong band. I look forward to more from them and I can say for sure that until their next release, this disc will be in constant rotation on my iPod.