A Common Year – Where The Light Still Shines EP
Record Label: None
Release Date: February 7, 2012
Two years ago, A Common Year released arguably one of the most underrated debut records of that year: Between Cities. Combining the sophistication of Jimmy Eat World and the structuring of acts like Armor For Sleep, the record was one of the best surprises of 2010 – and it was free.
Now, the boys are back with the follow up EP, Where The Light Still Shines. The result of two years of expansion and growth, this EP has tighter riffs and bigger choruses. Coleman Bright also takes the lead on more tracks, allowing A Common Year to expand onto new canvases, such as the country-rock background on “Sundown.”
Starting off strong, pulsating, pounding drums pave the road on “Ending A Chapter.” Casey Baksa sounds better than ever this time around, but the main highlight of the opener is the excelled guitar play – it’s cleaner and more controlled. The songwriting growth also must not be ignored, with “Try” being an addictive number – the powerful chorus takes the credit here – with some of the best guitar work on the EP.
The more prominent usage of separate vocalists throughout the EP allows A Common Year to expand and cover more ground. Alike to “Sundown,” “A Little More” has a more straightforward rock persona to it, again using Bright’s distinctive vocal delivery to create this diversity. The final track also conveys this multiplicity and expansion. Not unlike the final tracks on Between Cities, “Empty Space” employs only an acoustic guitar behind Baksa’s captivating croon. As a result, the authenticity of A Common Year hits the listener on this intricate track.
Two years in the making, Where The Light Still Shines picks up where Between Cities left off for the most part, only fine-tuning the hinges and demonstrating the genuineness of A Common Year. As they continue to progress moving toward their sophomore release, A Common Year prove yet again that it is definitely a name to be on the look out for as 2012 presses forward.