Oleander is back with its fifth full length studio release. The band’s new album, Something Beautiful set to be released next Tuesday, April 16th.
Oleander has come a long way since the days of its breakout 1993 hit, ‘Why I’m Here.’ This latest release from the Sacramento, California based band shows a lot of growth all the way around. It has more of a pure rock sound and less like something that would be more fitting for any top 40 station. This is actually a very good thing. Something Beautiful opens with a high energy rocker in ‘Fight!’ This song is an excellent opener, with its driving guitars and chants of “Fight!/Fight!/Fight!/Fighting for our lives!” Front man Thomas Flowers isn’t singing about literally fighting for one’s lives. It comes across in more of a metaphorical sense. He sings, “It’s a little bit late now/To look at the clock/There’s not a moment to waste/And not a second to wait/We gotta pick up the pace/There’s no time left to stop/Keepin’ your heartbeat racing/Feel it with every breath you’re takin’/And it’s all or nothing now/Standing on pins and needles/my mind’s in overdrive/Fight for our lives!” It comes across as a statement of making the most of every second in life, and doing whatever it takes to succeed. Keeping this in mind, the song’s musical side makes for a solid companion to its lyrical side and together, the pair makes it a solid first impression after just over ten years between albums.
‘Fight!’ is followed up by two more equally driving songs in its title track and the follow-up, ‘Bulletproof’ before pulling back just a little bit in the ballad, ‘Until It’s Over.’ ‘Until It’s Over’ is exactly what audiences expect from a ballad. It starts off softly with a semi-acoustic sound before moving into something slightly heavier. Flowers sings about a person’s devotion to a relationship here. He sings, “I ain’t going anywhere/Not walking out/Not leaving.” He goes on presenting a handful of worst case scenarios that could break a relationship for one reason or another. But through it all, the figure in his song declares his (or her even?) dedication no matter what. It’s one for all the romantics out there.
Things pick back up after ‘Until It’s Over’ as the band moves into ‘Never Too Late.’ The band keeps the energy flowing straight through ‘Daylight’ before pulling back again and ending more gently with ‘How Do We Say Goodbye.’ There is a bonus song that is just as subtle after this piece. By the time listeners reach this point, they know that having listened through this whole album, they have realized that while Oleander may not have released a new album in ten years, this band hasn’t missed a step with this new release. The band is hitting the road in support of Something Beautiful with a tour beginning next Saturday, April 20th. The band will be at Buzzfest in The Woodlands, TX alongside Bush, Shinedown, Stone Sour, and Hollywood Undead. More tour dates are possible. For a full tour rundown and all the latest tour dates, news and more, fans can follow Oleander on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/oleanderband and its official website, http://www.oleander.net.
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