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May 26, 2009 - Smallman
The full-length debut from Sights And Sounds is the kind of record you'd expect a band to make at the peak of their career. Beautiful and expansive, the Canadian four-piece--featuring Comeback Kid's Andrew Neufeld on vocals-construct layered and intensely atmospheric works drenched in gorgeous melodies. The resulting album is perhaps the perfect distillation of Jimmy Eat World at their darkest and the magnificently grandiose emanations of 65 Days Of Static. Exploring a range of moods, Neufeld's vocals are a revelation. Assuredly delivering breathy croons and high-register melodies, the passion behind his voice infuses his lyrics with a deeply affecting urgency and desperation. With so much emotional power at its core, and enriched by lush swathes of shimmering keyboards and processed guitars, Monolith is truly a record worth drowning in.