Thieves and Liars-When dreams become reality
For some reason I always tend to frown whenever I find out a band has done a concept album unless it's King Diamond. With King Diamond I know by "concept" he means "bad horror story" so doing this format doesn't take away from the music, but for many other bands sticking to a concept often turns out to be a distraction. I guess the hard part is getting a balance between the music and the story. San Diego based Thieves and Liars have done a concept album about the story of Joseph. Perhaps a major key to doing a good concept album is to confortable with the story you are telling. That sounds simple enough in theory, but I think too many bands tackle lofty ideas and it can come off as stiff or dull. I think these guys are very much in touch with their topic and they come across as pretty good storytellers. Nothing is forced and they take their time and really build up their material which is a sign of good storyteller. The music has strong influences from Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and even AC/DC on a pair of tracks. There isn't much of a blending of influences as each song seems to just sound like one of those and then the next track would only sound like one other band. Now they toss in their own ideas as well such as the strong vocals and they are a little heavier and play a little faster than the bands that influenced them. There were parts here and there where they rambled little, but generally it's a very promising effort and I seem to like a little more each time I listen to it.