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Waiting for Sunday – The Windsor Effect – Album Review

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It’s rare for technical bands to also be the quiet ones, but some pull it off. Waiting For Sunday bring a smooth yet brooding sound on their record The Windsor Effect, with songs ranging from a Counting Crows feeling to Coheed and Cambria without the distortion on some of the riff heavy tracks.

There’s an instant air of mystery to album opener “Pebbles Become Stones” with the exotic tones to its many flourishing guitars. The band showcases a broad reach of technical talent in one song that sets the bar high for the rest of the album. The bass goes into overdrive on “Last Call For Safety” with licks and grooves alternating every phrase of the song. The song’s percussion heavy bridge gives it an even more exotic feel that brings it back into the main groove excitedly.

The Love Is Gone” takes a much darker feel, choosing to go for a brooding build instead of the sprint of the record’s start. Despite some anti-climactic choruses the frenzy of rhythms that end the song make for a passionate end to the song. The band switches to an acoustic-pop sound on “Tell Me That You’re Mine” which at times also means a few clich√© lyrics as well. However the hit heavy switch to distortion gives final chorus of the song enough oomph to keep it from feeling out of place.

Long Live The Strong” runs on an attitude filled riff that’s matched by its vocals. The song has boasts a spine-tingling cut before the solo, and the race to the bottom at the end of the solo builds the song’s excitement perfectly. There’s a sombre cloud over “Wanted” with the hushed vocals and almost muted way the¬† guitars are stroked. The bridge adds an emotional set of violins to compliment the added vocals create a climactic middle to the track.

Borderline” opens with quiet xylophones, almost sounding like the Madonna track of the same name in the process. What follows however is a drum-thudding song that lets its instruments build slowly and push the emotional heft of the track. After a harmonic-heavy intro, “Chasing Youth” flows into a classic blues jam, so classic however that it could be any blues track. The stripped-back bridge is a nice touch but the song’s lack of originality keeps it from standing out without the energy of a live performance.

Seasons Are Dire” nails its acoustic tone beautifully, with each note ringing perfectly, with each additional piano and banjo just adding to this beauty. It does suffer at times from its lack of variety giving little to keep you hooked beyond its great sound. There’s a vibrant joy to “Details” especially as it lands on each of its powerful choruses, kicking the energy up again and again.

Oh, The Night” mixes some of the album’s best riffs and grooves on a very stripped back track, resulting in a track that almost feels like an acoustic version of a much more exciting track. Nevertheless, the vocals are catchy and the grooves drive the track well. The organ hovering over “My Scripture” fits the tone perfectly, elevating the track’s dark and serious sound.

The Windsor Effect is an impressive outing for Waiting For Sunday, the band have a technical prowess and smooth sound that make their songs easy to enjoy. At times however some repetitive verses, and a lack of variety hold the album back from being a consistent listen. It would also be interesting to see the band experimenting with other sounds as the mix of keys and pedals that open and close album make for its more interesting moments.

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