First impression: SOLID.
For the fans of the first Shaken release, I have good news and bad news. Shaken is a solid songwriting band, and the production for the new album is no different. It’s groove is heavy in a straightforward way, and brick by brick, this release builds a wall of good, heavy rock. It’s much less aggressive than the 2010 release, New Beginning, but that is not to take away from the new release; in fact, it is a major plus.
This time, the band has chosen to concentrate on shops and songwriting because the songs are better structured. There is a new focus, and it shows.
The track “Run Away” shows progress by remaining heavy with great melodic streams. This one has radio play written all over it. “History” also has potential to be a big-time radio hit. There are a few complaints about the release, though. This album is just a little too safe for me, and I find the emotion very shallow. You can’t feel the passion. For radio rock bands, this album lends itself to repeat listens.
Shaken has improved a lot, but it can still do better. With a little more emotion and a little less predictability, this album would be a lot better.
For fans of Disturbed, Linkin Park, Chevelle.