This review is late. A week late. In that time, and obviously, before, I have listened to this album a fair amount. I’ve even kind of enjoyed it. It hasn’t been that all out love or obsession you sometimes get with an album where you just have to listen to it again and again – but I haven’t dreaded having to listen to it either.
It’s just that I don’t really feel like I have much to say about it.
OK, this could be general malaise on my part – in reality, I haven’t written much about anything in the last few weeks. Not even on the other blog I write for. But a big part of it is definitely related to the fact that there just isn’t a great deal to say about this album.
Evaline are a band who, touring-wise, seem to have a decent amount of momentum behind them. They have supported some big-name acts such as Deftones, Placebo and My Chemical Romance, and played T in the Park and the iTunes festival last month.
A number of leading music publications have said some pretty nice things about them too. And deservedly – the music is good, its easy to listen to and there are some legitimate stand-out moments on the album, little snippets that really grab your attention – the drums on lead single ‘There, There’ being a notable example, track 10 ‘Overwhelming Shapes’ in its entirety being another.
You get the sense that some, if not most, of the songs here were written with stadiums in mind and while it seems unlikely that this set will get them there, you wouldn’t rule out the idea that they may nail it in the not-too-distant future.
Right now it feels that Evaline could go either way – plummeting into obscurity, or somehow finding that stratospheric stadium-bothering level of the bands they have been supporting – but it will be future releases rather than ‘Woven Material’ which ultimately decide their fate.
A competent debut.
Kenneth John Porteous