This is definitely one of the biggest surprisesfrom the year 2016 for me, and one of the best albums I’ve listened to during this current year. ‘Evership’ was a name that meant nothing to me, until I heard ‘Silver Light’ for the first time. Oh my PROGosh; if you could only see my expression at the time! I felt like a kid that just discovered a new wonderful candy!
I conducted some research in order to learn some more which, as proved to be, it wasn’t that hard because, lately, many people talk about them. Something also tells me that this is just the beginning of it all. Well, I hope so!
Now let’s get to the point! Evership is a band from Nashville, Tennessee, and is mainly relied on two people: Shane Atkinson, who is a composer and multi-instrumentalist, and Beau West, who is the lead singer. And what a singer! Beau is one of the greatest singers I’ve had the pleasure to listen to recently! I’ve read that many people describe the colour of his voice as Freddie Mercury-esque, although I wouldn’t got that far. In fact there is no reason to compare Beau with anyone because he has a wonderful voice, and his overall performance on the album is extraordinaire! I think that’s what really matters. But Shane (what a performance and compositions!!) and Beau are not alone in this. Behind them there is a whole band including some very talented musicians; something strikingly obvious when listening to the songs of the album.
‘Evership’ is the band’s self-titled debut album; this album is something that they were preparing for many years. Let’s hope that we will not have to wait that long for their next one.
The album kicks off with the really excellent ‘Silver Line’ which I can’t stop listening to! Thing is that every time it sounds better and better to my ears and the same happens with the whole album. And, right after that, comes the – almost 12 minute-long epic, ‘A Slow Descent into Reality’, divided into 6 parts; another really great song; full of so many twists and turns that I lost the count. This is one of the best moments from the album. I could recommend you to buy this album only for these 2 songs, but you know what? There’s more!
Next, comes the 10-minute-long "Evermore" which is divided in 2 parts, ‘Eros’ and ‘Agape’, both Greek words (Shane has been influenced by Greece as he uncovers in his interview with Demetris “All Around”; see the first page of the radio for this one) describing the word “Love” in a different way. In the beginning of this song, I realised why some people compare Beau West with Freddie Mercury but, still…, this is a good song although not one of my favorites from the album (the general style of Evermore has a strong Queen “essence” in my opinion).
Evermore is followed by another long piece, "Ultima Thule", a rather slow and relaxed track in the beginning that is changing over and over again as time passes by. Very solid songwriting and excellent performance by Beau West once again.
5th track of the album - which is the longest one - is the wonderful "Flying Machine"; a real epic! During its almost 14 minutes of duration, it offers you the opportunity to close your eyes and let your mind fly with the hand of music.
If I had to describe the album in a few words, I could say that it is a wonderful mind travel to far, vast and wonderous places with the wave of music. I don’t know if I am describing it properly but to me this is exactly what I experienced by repeatedly listening to it. You know: Because music is not mathematics; music is mainly pictures, feelings, ideas and passion. And this album includes strong doses of all these essences!
That’s why I will give 5 stars and I will say a very big ‘Thank you’ to Evership for this wonderful piece of art that they offered to us!