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Eastern Lane - Shades Of Black

Reviewed by Bob on 16th July 2003

Hailing from Berwick, the four guys that make 'Eastern Lane' started off in style... by recording their first 5 track demo in a converted barn filled with an assortment of oil heaters, gas fires and road signs.

'Shades Of Black' kicks off with 'Dead July', the soaring vocals 'Every day they march, the same old empty march', this song is a great way to start the album. One of the strongest tracks on the album. Following on from that is 'Vena Cava', my favourite track! The guitar sounds perfect for the lyrics and is a sounds very well put together. Portrait of Tuesday is a 'Bob Dylan' sounding track and 'The Royal Way' sounds like 'Starsailor' mixed with (good) 'Stereophonics'

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The rockier songs like 'Holy Arms' and 'Looking For Roses' are certainly the highlights of the album. The angsty, piano driven 'Shadow' is where the album begins to fade away, this followed by the repetitive though actually rather nice 'No Salvation' which unfortunately tells us 'There is no salvation' a few too many times... although saying that, i do like it.

The repetitive theme is passed onto the last track (excluding the 'noise' that is the hidden track), although more lively than the previous it isn't as good as 'No Salvation' but is still quite catchy.

Well worth a listen and a good start for Eastern Lane.

Rating: 6/10
Website: easternlane.com
Buy It Now: amazon.co.uk

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