Album Review :
Colours - Ivory

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Ivory

Label: Victory Records
Release Date: February 26, 2016

Tracklisting:

  1. Lawless
  2. Monster
  3. Slow
  4. The Unforgettable
  5. Gone
  6. Gold Bones
  7. Mind Games
  8. Remember
  9. Part of You
  10. Anyone
  11. Alone

When Burden of the Day began teasing a new project a few years ago, fans were ecstatic. The new band, still unnamed, showcased a much relaxed sound and also made great use of frontman Kyle Tamosaitis’ clean vocals.

The group released the Skin and Bones EP then announced the loss of a few members, which ultimately put a wrench into the works of what would have been a full-album release.

As just a vocalist/drummer pair, Colours revealed a new single, Monster, which showcased another stylistic change, this time featuring an electronic pop sound. This February, the duo unveiled Invory, their first full-length album. However, how does the album stack up?

Lawless sets the standard for the album in many ways – both positive and negative. The vocals are soft and weave in and out of the mix. This is definitely one of the positive elements. The instrumentals aspects are not hugely interesting, sadly. The lyrics are ultimately lacking as well. While Skin and Bones showcased a broader narrative in every sense of the word, Lawless, and much of the album, dwell on the typical themes of romantic love.

Next in line is Monster, the first single of the album. This was the first fans heard of the style change. At first, it definitely left me disappointed. Upon repeated listens, I did find saving graces in the track. Like its predecessor, Monster¬†ultimately isn’t a bad track. However, it leaves something to be desired.

Thankfully, The Unforgettable was a nice turn for me. It’s still very much a pop song, but it does have a bit more of a guitar focus. It’s a very smooth track and a personal favorite for me and I wish more songs on the album borrowed more elements of this one.

The album’s closer, Alone, is a pretty bare track that also is pretty refreshing.

Sadly, it feels like after the third song, you’ve heard everything before. You’ve got occasional falsetto choruses, words repeated multiple times in a row, bass synths, and The Weeknd’s fingerprints all over the place.

Despite the critique above, it’s not a bad album – it just ultimately falls short of what the group has the power to produce. I understand lineup changes can be hard, and that probably was part of the impetus for the change. However, gone are the huge vocal climbs seen on Skin and Bones’ The Machine. Gone is the storytelling element of the would-be concept album. In their place, we have pop choruses and laments of love. The album is sure to resonate with some listeners, but it feels a bit too repetitive to me to make me eager for more.

For fans of: The Weekend, Justin TImberlake

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Yorik Bruhl
February 7, 2018 1:11 am

This CANT be the same band. I bought this on itunes, gave a 1 minute listen and asked for my money back because I thought it was a different band. Horrible.

Aaron Cavanaugh
November 16, 2016 7:41 pm

Hi, I pray that you are doing well. Is this a Christian band? I can’t confirm. Based on the song slow I started doing some research. I can’t find a statement of faith. Also Victory Records seems to just be a secular label as far as I can tell via Wikipedia. Thanks. God Bless. Aaron

Skelly
Skelly
November 16, 2016 9:08 am

I didn’t even realize that Colours released a full length this year. As a fan of Burden of the Day from early on I personally found the Skin and Bones EP was not something I could get into. I really like the sound of this album a lot. Casey you say this if for fans of JT and I have to say thats pretty spot on.

BenjiKunz (formerly Lucas)
BenjiKunz (formerly Lucas)
November 15, 2016 9:11 pm

Great review. Agreed completely. Also, Skin & Bones was some of the prettiest indie rock music I’ve ever heard.

Having followed these guys since the beginning, I actually messaged the band about the stylistic change cause I was that disappointed with this album. Their response to me was so gracious you would have thought I’d just told them it was the best album I’d ever heard. So much respect for these guys, even though I miss the old sound.

Djeff
Djeff
November 15, 2016 7:57 pm

I still have yet to find other indie rock that sounds as refined as the Skin and Bones EP. This electronic sound is cool, but oh man was Skin and Bones a winner!

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