Reality Suite - Blueprints For Building a Better
Record LablL Self-released
Release Date: October 2010
Reality Suite are a New Jersey quartet. This is their debut EP.
How is it?
The hardest thing about reviewing music is having to be honest all the time. Knowing that whatever you write can either shape or harm its creator. More often than not, many of the musicians profiled in said reviews are struggling blue-collar citizens, living paycheck to paycheck and just tring to live out a dream. The New Jersey quartet Reality Suite is four more individuals that fit said description. Their six-song EP isn't exactly a failure, but it's far from a home run.
The centerpiece of Reality Suite is sultry vocalist Melissa Cicchelli, who has an above-average vocal timbre than can at times sound radio-ready and polished and other times open-mic bound and reckless. Album opener "Evolution Queen," begins with New Order synths and spiky guitars and things seem headed towards the promised land. Cichelli's vocals are confident, polished and inviting, and the chorus is catchy, urgent and full of swagger.
But something about the entire performance feels insincere. Now granted the band is probably singing what they feel, but nothing about the song feels that way. This just feels like a band trying to ride the coattails of predecessors and find success. If that sounds like a rude and unabashed dig, listen to the song "The Life," and try and find something worth praising? Cicchelli's vocals, maybe? Snappy drumming, maybe?
On the acoustic ballad "Can I Keep You?," and the crestfallen "Break You," the quartet actually sounds sincere, earnest and without pretense. While the lyrics to both are certainly heart-on-the-sleeve and at times cringeworthy, at least its an attempt by the band to not be something they aren't.
Writing editorial like this is never easy. From outward appearances, the four members of Reality Suite seem like honest, hardworking, upstanding citizens just trying to pursue their dreams. But nothing about this EP is worthy of endless acclaim and one can only hope that on their next release, the group fixes said mistakes and makes an immediate impact. At best right now this is just mediocre, ho-hum pop-punk without any real sense of distinction, originality and/or flair.
The centerpiece of Reality Suite is sultry vocalist Melissa Cicchelli, who has an above-average voice timbre than cat at times sound radio-ready and polished and other times open-mic bound and reckless.
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Um. The lyrics are pretty banal and childish. But it's just an attempt at a love song. Its not dressed up with imagery and dancing around themes and ideas. Its just plain and simple, which I guess is all this band really is. Does that make any sense? Yeah, I worded it wrong, but not every sentence is perfection. Sorry I wasn't on my A game.
Y'ouch! Is is really that bad? I haven't heard it myself. I was waiting for a review of it by you before I decide to purchase it. You're on the mark and I usually agree with your reviews.
That said, I won't give up on Pete Yorn. I still love his first two full-lengths.
Its just garagey, and loud and him trying to be something he's not. Black Francis apparently produced it, if that means anything to you. I don't know about Day I Forgot, that puppy made me pissy. But musicforthemorningafter is a must-own. I personally love Nightcrawler, but he hasn't done anything good since then. The ScarJo duet disc was pretty good, I guess. Anyways, I maintain he's a washed up bum (although he's not even 40) But my point is, not a lot of quality lately, dude better turn it around in a hurry.