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Hard rock outfit Eve To Adam has been on quite the voyage since originally forming in 2001 in New York. From lineup and label changes to struggles getting albums released to playing with some of rock’s biggest names past and present, this band has seen the highest of highs and the lowest of lows throughout its life. So it makes sense that with its latest album—its fifth full length album—the band opted for the title Odyssey. The 10-song, 37-minute album was released late last month via Rocktagon Worldwide Music, and shows both musically and lyrically how far this band has come in the now 16 years that it has been in existence. Its heavy emphasis on electronics and keyboards presents a sound that will appeal to fans of Orgy, Powerman 5000 and other similar acts. Its lyrical content is just as varied. It ranges from a commentary about the life in ‘The Price’ to a statement of self-confidence in the fist-pumping opener ‘Altitude’ to the anthemic closer ‘Day Drinkin’ and more. Between the varied lyrical themes presented throughout the record and its musical arrangements, the whole of those elements makes Odyssey a musical journey that is well worth taking.
Eve To Adam’s latest full-length studio recording Odyssey is a musical journey that proves well worth taking. That is exhibited through the record’s musical arrangements and its widely varying lyrical themes. ‘The Price’ is just one of the songs included in this record that serves to support these statements. The song’s up-tempo, guitar-driven arrangement will instantly have listeners pumping their fists as their blood flows so fast with the music. The intensity in that arrangement serves well to illustrate the emotion expressed in the song’s lyrical content, which seems to be a commentary of sorts of life. That is inferred as front man Taki Sassaris sings in the song’s lead verse, “The price is high/You know you were told/Oh darling let me go/Before my body’s cold/And my weary heart grows old/The memory/Now comes to me/So far removed/From a life I used to know/Suddenly you realize it/The time remaining has been bought and sold.” It is as is Sassaris is saying here, “let me make the most of my life.” That is inferred even more as he sings in the song’s chorus, “Money all day all day/You gotta get paid/Running around insane/No time to hesitate/Some days, some days/You never get ahead/Well I’m not your slave, no slave/The price will be paid.” Who precisely Sassaris is addressing as he sings, “I’m not your slave” would be interesting to learn. That aside, it seems even more through this and the song’s lead verse that he is singing about not letting life get the better of one’s self. The contrast of that chorus to the song’s second verse seems to hint at that message even more. Sassaris sings in that second verse, “The style instills/It makes this work/Consuming all my thoughts/Inside these fears stand tall/One by one the brave now fall.” The song’s chorus responds to that message with its message of making the most once again. When that seeming message of overcoming life’s difficult moments presented in the song’s lyrical content is set against the driving energy in the song’s musical arrangement, the two elements together make this song stand out against the record’s other offerings. It also serves to help show why this record in whole is a musical journey worth taking, and is just one example of what makes that trip worthwhile. ‘Altitude,’ the album’s opener, is another example of what makes journey taken through this record so worthwhile.
‘The Price’ is a clear example of what makes the journey taken through Odyssey worthwhile. That is due to the partnering of the song’s driving musical arrangement and its thought provoking lyrical content. It is just one of the songs that serves to make the trip taken through this record so worthwhile, too. ‘Altitude,’ the record’s opener is another example of what makes that journey so worthwhile. As with ‘The Price’ that is exhibited in part through the song’s musical arrangement. This song’s musical arrangement is heavy on keyboards. The combination of the keyboards with the guitars and vocal elements in the mid-tempo rocker makes the song a solid start to the record. The song’s lyrical content is just as interesting to take in. Sassaris sings in the song’s lead verse, “It’s now fast approaching/It’s my favorite time you see/The moment right before you reach/You feel this clarity/A painful total freedom/I have no anxiety/Anything that steals from this/Becomes an enemy/You’ll see. This is a statement of confidence, plain and simple. Considering the band’s *ahem* odyssey up to the point of this album’s release, it makes sense that it would be the record’s first lyrical statement. It is Sassaris saying, “I’m still here. Nothing is going to get me down.” That message is driven home even more as he and the rest of the band sing in the song’s chorus, “Free from me/I’m far above it all/Not a worry in my head/I’m free from me/I’m far above it all/For as long as I can be.” The song’s second verse solidifies that message of confidence and optimism even more as Sassaris sings, “Don’t you take for granted/This zero gravity/It’s never very easy/To escape captivity/Now try to remember/Why you fought for this release/This elevation’s beautiful/But it’s difficult to breathe/You’ll see.” He comes across as saying that getting that getting out on one’s own, so don’t’ lose sight of things on that personal journey. It’s a strong statement, and again is only this critic’s interpretation. Hopefully it is the correct interpretation, but should not be taking as gospel. That aside, that seeming message of self-confidence and determination, when coupled with the song’s hard-hitting musical arrangement, makes this song a solid first impression from the band on this latest effort. The combination of the two elements shows in its own way what makes the journey taken in this record is worthwhile. It is not the last song that serves to support that statement, either. The album’s closer, ‘Day Drinkin’’ supports that statement, too.
‘The Price’ and ‘Altitude’ are both songs that serve to show why the musical journey on which Eve To Adam takes listeners on its new album is so worthwhile. They are only two examples of what makes that journey worthwhile. The album’s closer, ‘Day Drinkin’ puts the proverbial exclamation mark on that statement. As with the previously noted compositions, that is due in part to the song’s musical arrangement. Unlike those songs, this song’s composition is more of a straight forward rock song. It can be argued that it is the album’s most radio-ready song, too, with its anthemic arrangement. The song’s lyrical content is just as infectious as Sassaris and company sing, “You know what we need right now/You feel it when we’re hanging out…So we’re day drinkin’/throw ‘em back till the morning light/Day drinkin’/Livin’ hard, but it feels so right/Numb the pain to fight the fire/Day drinkin’/There ain’t no shame in this way of life.” Such content, coupled with the song’s bombastic arrangement instantly conjures thoughts of Motley Crue. This should come as no surprise considering said band is one of the acts that ETA has emulated in its previous albums. It’s just a fun song and an equally fun final statement from the band on this record. It shows one last time why indeed the journey on which this record takes listeners is well worth taking.
Eve To Adam’s latest full-length album Odyssey sends listeners on quite the musical journey over the course of its 10 songs and 37 minutes. From the high energy and confidence expressed in its opener to the more contemplative yet still powerful content of ‘The Price’ to the fun, infectious content of the album’s closer and all points in-between, this record offers listeners plenty to appreciate. All things considered, they make the journey that listeners take this time fully worthwhile. Odyssey is available now in stores and online. More information on Odyssey is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:
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