Once upon a time Marianas Trench had an album book that distracted me from the album itself. Not only did it include lyrics to the songs and toy-soldier versions of the band, but there was also a prince/princess story to enjoy. This creative little eye-catcher was merely the beginning to exactly the kind of album one would imagine being based around a fairy tale theme. Marianas Trench shows imagination and energy through their new album Ever After in ways that past fans, as well as a new crowd, will enjoy.
The ten-year-old band has always teetered on that thin line between the “secret” music that listeners conceal from radio-listening conformists, and the music that is popular amongst the local young radio stations and/or YouTube searchers. This may have to do with the fact that they are signed under 604 Records, a label owned by none other than Chad Kroeger, the vocalist of Nickelback – the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
With Ever After, they have put a couple toes over the line onto the alternate side, helping those who are musically inept find an escape from the norm of LMFAO and Flo Rida. Their previous album Masterpiece Theatre reached number four on the iTunes Canada charts, and since then they have been steadily growing in popularity; Ever After already has a single (“Haven’t Had Enough”) that hit number one on iTunes Canada.
The album begins with a pretty melodic piece that focuses mostly on Josh Ramsay’s vocals – this choir-like feel continues throughout the entire album. Ever After has something for everyone, whether it be a climatic, ensemble-filled piece (“Ever After”), or a simple yet catchy piece (“Stutter”), nobody will be able to say they hated everything about the album. The melody and general mood of the song “So Soon” is similar to “That Should Be Me,” the Justin Bieber feat. Rascal Flatts duet. Not your thing? If you are into something more along the lines of Mike Posner‘s “Cooler than Me,” then “Truth or Dare” is the song for you. And for the older Marianas Trench fans, there is an “All to Myself” sound-alike.
So, while Ever After may not be the most original thing ever created, it does prove that Marianas Trench has talent and the ability to catch a crowd’s ear. The band put a lot of work into all aspects of the album – including the album art, which features a shelf of toys they collected from crying children on airlines from tours. It’s worth a listen, and worth a read.