Quietdrive – When All That’s Left Is You
Release Date: May 30, 2006
Record Label: Epic
When it comes to rock, Quietdrive’s When All That’s Left Is You is like the marshmallows you find in Lucky Charms: while you know the actual cereal shit is probably good for you (i.e. all the cool indie bands), the marshmallows, oh-so-sugary and delightfully sinful, are the fun and delicious part. A mixture of pop bliss and alternative radio-readiness, Quietdrive’s debut full length won’t score you scene points on punk rock message boards; however, for those with a musical sweet tooth, this will definitely be your cup of tea—or should I say bowl of cereal?
This album is disappointing. No, not in terms of the songs—each track is an excellent pop song, but if you’ve been following Quietdrive for a while (and have overplayed their Rise From the Ashes EP like I have), then you’ll probably be a little upset to only find six actual new Quietdrive songs. All three songs from the EP have been included on the ten-song full length (the exact same versions too, except for an extended intro on “Rise From the Ashes”), as well as a cover of Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time.” While the cover is extremely well done, and almost sounds like it could’ve been another Quietdrive song, I’d much, much rather have an actual new song. Oh yeah, and the album clocks in at just over half an hour, so it’s over before you know it.
While the band’s Rise From the Ashes EP showcased three high-energy, up-tempo songs (“Rise From the Ashes, “Take a Drink,” “Maybe Misery”), When All That’s Left Is You most certainly explores other terrain. Quietdrive keeps things interesting by playing with tempos, dynamics, orchestral arrangements (vocalist Kevin Truckenmiller plays a mean violin live), and including all sorts of layers that one will only pick up on after repeated listens. The vocals are extremely strong and impassioned (great falsettos too), the production enormous, the songwriting catchy as hell: this is a great summer album.
As previously mentioned, I just wish there were more “new” songs on this album – that’s pretty much my only gripe. This is a really good pop record: if you like poppy stuff, you’ll probably like this, but if pop ain't your thing, then I wouldn’t suggest even coming close to this album. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go pour myself some Lucky Charms and get me some marshmallows.
Not impressed with what I've heard so far. Yes, the Fall From The Ceiling EP was quite good, but Both Ways had already been released as well as most of the other tunes on the album. Previous fans of this group will be extra disappointed because there is only 1 new song on this album for them. I am EXTRA disappointed that the album runs only a half hour. By todays standards, that is well below the lowest. This might be a pop record...but this band is capable of so much more.