Parade of Lights
The Take Off and Landing of Everything
Its been a long hiatus from the recording studio for Splender, and a welcomed return to the Alternative Music scene. Their debut album "Halfway Down the Sky" which arguably the strongest debut albums of the year, was overlooked commercially until the late success of the single "I Think God Can Explain". Splender returns with their sophomore effort "To Whom It May Concern" which takes a completely different, more melodic approach in contrast to the edgy raw sound of their debut. Take for example their lead off single "Save It For Later" that mixes layered guitars with a laid back chorus, with a rising drum loop, and as always, unmistakable vocals. "But, Anyway" takes a very unique approach, with a catchy guitar riff, overlaid with great lyrics, and a strong hook. Perhaps the only drawback to this album is its lack of intensity, that the first album brought. Obviously Splender was going for a very different style, neglecting to get Todd Rundgren for production like their first album, this album lacks that same urgency that seemed to separate Splender from today's traditional sound. Overall, this album is a very good, showcasing yet another side of lead singer Waymon Boone's incredible song writing ability, and distinctive voice. Although it doesn't come close to the strength of the band's debut, To Whom It May Concern is still worth picking up.