Tallest Building in the World, Look Down, 2006 self-release
Rhythmic beats provoke pleasurable aortic vibrations that pound parallel with guitars, drums, and a number of enigmatic sounds—streaming polyphonic pulsations from my heart to my toes. The Tallest Building in the World’s debut album, “Look Down,” is an enlightening blend of modern and progressive rock with a hint of cynicism and a mildly lurid cadence.
Smooth transitions between songs candied with a rich instrumental variety such as a classical piano or studio produced sounds re-enacting a scratched CD’s bitter skipping condition—add to the appeal of the individual tracks.
Thoughtful lyrics also provide a hue of clarity to capitalism’s vicious imprisonment of American lives and vividly describe the duo’s political concerns through detailed lyrical imagery coupled with tremors of mind-blowing musical impacts that blend in effectively with the vocals dark quality.
The caliber of the vocals, however, is far less satisfying. Unfortunately, the vocals lack of tone and variability in pitch often slow down the songs—which are consistently plagued by the monotonous tracheal influence. This characteristic obviously stalls the album from reaching instant sensation, but more importantly the vocalists lack of key will hinder future works from sparking national attention. Although this band’s future is not completely distraught—as Isaac continues to find his place vocally and expand his experience with the mic in search of vocal hegemony.
Overall, the melodic variety of the tracks, as well as Isaac and Jared’s ability to mesh and experiment with music generates a dominating album with an original and musing sound.
Review: Karoline Anderson