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Saturday, September 26, 2009

ROSE CHRONICLES


ROSE CHRONICLES
SHIVER (1994)
320 KBPS

Rose Chronicles was a Canadian alternative rock band in the 1990s. The band, from Vancouver, consisted of vocalist Kristy Thirsk, guitarist Richard Maranda, bassist Judd Cochrane and drummer Steve van der Woerd. Their musical style merged elements of the shoegazing scene with ethereal vocals in the style of Sarah McLachlan and the Cocteau Twins.
You have stumbled across a rare prize. A relatively unknown band that everyone should know. When you listen to them the first time, listen to the entire album. If you don't think you like it, listen again. I know it's tough but truth be told I didn't like them either. It is very layered and melodic; the attention to every sound is incredible. Kristy Thirsk's voice is that of a fallen angel, at times haunted, brooding, and scorned - but still reaching to the heights of heaven. Her range is astounding, and her solo career has included some fine work with other artists. The lyrics are truly worth reading; all are Thirsk's creations, which surely improves her performance of them. Do not worry if you aren't into lyrics, the sounds alone are worth the listen. Speaking of listen, "Awaiting Eternity" is a fine introduction to the album. Their music varies but it can be said to represent it well. "Dwelling" is a personal favorite - one of many, but sets itself apart. "Visions" is enchanting, "Diedre" is moving, and all seem to speak to you. A must try.

1. Dwelling
2. Glide (Free Above)
3. Nothing's Real
4. Deidre
5. Brick and Glue
6. Undertow
7. Bottle Song
8. Visions
9. Shiver
10. Forgotten
11. Awaiting Eternity

1 comment:

Nova said...

great band...sad they';re not much better know. Thanks for posting this gem!