I was going to hold off on sharing another Cool Try review for a while (I think), but assignments are stealing my attention and I’ve a longer post I’m editing that I should’ve gotten up a while ago, but… well, laziness, which is now paying off in spaaaaaades.
I cannot remember how this sounded, which may be proof to myself of one of the things I said in the review.
I think this is a review that needed expansion. It’s a bit rough.
Fixed a spelling error, but otherwise this is as it was.
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Belle Haven have released their 2nd album, You, Me and Everything in Between.
Here’s the review.
Here the band is seen embracing a sound that is mostly grounded in anthemic, grandiose metal. Everything is played with a great deal of enthusiasm and energy, with the band sounding as though they are giving it their all and then some. There’s a fun feel to just about everything on the album as each segment moves into each segment.
Whilst there is little diversity to be found as the album switches mostly between melodic and not very melodic, mid to up-tempo songs, the album does come off as very focused on ensuring the songs work together.
Two of songs sit a little apart from the others. The first, “Hollywood”, is a bit slower than the rest of the album. It focuses on the bass, drums and vocals and creates more of a brooding atmosphere whilst sounding closer to industrial metal than the rest of the album. The other song, “By Hook or by Crook” highlights why (aside from this song) this album works.
“By Hook or by Crook” is a soft and delicate piano track with what begins as dramatic, somewhat quiet vocals. Eventually the vocals change to melodramatic screaming, asking why someone had to die whilst at one point having the viewpoint character state that they hate themselves. This goes on for a while before going back to the somewhat quiet vocals.
There’s some very decent musicianship on the record and it seems that the band are earnest, but they take things a bit further than they need to be. The riffs and percussion are more full on than they need to be, the vocals are a more dramatic and angsty than they need to be and the melodies are usually more anthemic than they need to be. When earlier described as being anthemic and grandiose, it is due to how much the band goes into excess. Through a combination of these, instead of being a bunch of songs bogged down by too much, they lead to an overall fun and energetic record.
You, Me and Everything in Between should be worse than it is. It is due to its being excessive in sound and vocals leading to maximum cheese, as well as the perceived earnestness of the songs that manages to make it a good record. It may not be remembered in time and it probably isn’t good for the reasons that Belle Haven had hoped, but it is fun whilst it lasts.