July 23rd, 2010
Release length: 46:42
Almost every track on this effort features a unique experience, but for the most part are all emotionally driven by a solid Blues foundation. Of course, some tracks are just more addicting then others, which is the case in the song “Love Song”, which has a heavier Blues input then some of the material, and features a very emotional vocal performance that shows the anger and frustration behind the lyrics that seem to be about a man who is tired of proclaiming love for someone. The lyrics are as equally driving, the introductory harmonica sets the tone for these perfectly, and the music is beautiful through much of the song, especially the chorus, having some heavy Blues-like Rhythm pushing the guitars along that just make the song that much more enjoyable. Of course, this song also has the first real downfall to the album, which is an insanely random rap-moment that comes in more like some kind of freeform Jazz moment to the emotionally-driven Blues aspects of the song. Sadly, this isn’t the only track that features that kind of rap section, as “Life’s a Bitch” features a moment that borders a Rap approach to the vocals, but really just features that same “out of nowhere” tough guy vocal style that hit during “Love Song”, and it just sounds as off as it did the first time.
The real drawn of the album, undeniably, is the Blues influence, and the tracks that have a stronger influence are easily the better ones. “Point of Origin Pt. 2” (“Point of Origin Pt. 1” was a simple introduction that leads into the second part) and “Lost” are good songs, but they have more of a Heavy/Power Metal feel to them then anything, with “Point of Origin Pt. 2” showing a bit of an Evergrey influence in both the music, as well as the vocal performance. The Metal-based tracks are good, but nothing too stand out or even that original. Of course, the aforementioned “Love Song” shows the band’s strengths nicely, but “Good Times” brings a more upbeat sound to the band and really comes off as a song driven by an emotion to just party and reminisce, basically having a good time with friends and loved ones. The following track, “Hollow Words”, winds up being another emotional song, coming off more as a Blues meets Southern Rock ballad, and, again, it’s a very emotional and powerful track that really leaves a haunting and depressed impression on the listen that may bring some to tears or want to break out lighters to wave them against the haunting background choir vocals that set the depressive tone perfectly.
All through the album, you’ll find plenty of tracks that show the versatility and strengths of the band, and their ability to write music that drives any occassion, and that’s one of the most redeeming aspects of Point of Origin in the long run. Sure, sometimes the band doesn’t necessarily write the greatest song for the best occassion, but many of those songs are solid none the less, though they don’t quite retain the same overall lasting appeal, and there’s still a decemt amount of emotionally driven songs on this effort that really stand out. If you’re looking for a fresh sound, or have been craving something that is heavily driven by emotion, which is something that seems to be lacking in today’s recordings, then Point of Origin by Downspirit will easily fill that void with plenty of it’s material from start to finish.
01. Point of Origin Pt. 1 – 1:02
02. Point of Origin Pt. 2 – 4:17
03. Love Song – 4:19
04. Life’s a Bitch – 5:15
05. Lost – 3:54
06. Good Times – 4:26
07. Hollow Words – 5:19
08. Highway Run – 4:52
09. Arisen – 3:55
10. Make My Day – 4:39
11. The End – 4:43
|Initial Pressing Score: 5.5/10