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Realities - EP

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Album Review

Like many emo-pop frontman, Nick Thomas writes songs that are short, to the point, and almost relentlessly tuneful. It’s a tried-and-true formula, but too much melodic treacle can have its downside, and some of the Spill Canvas’ previous albums suffered from sugar overload during their final minutes. Realities is succinct, though, comprised of five quick tracks that show up, unveil their hooks, and make a quick exit before wearing out their outcome. Thomas’ voice may have the same quick vibrato once championed by Matchbox 20’s Rob Thomas, but his music is more indebted to the Warped Tour and Fueled by Ramen scenes, where singalong choruses and layers of pristine guitar are the name of the game. There are no covers here — the Spill Canvas got that out of their system during the Denial Feels So Good EP — so the emphasis rests on Thomas’ original material, from the minor-key meteorological metaphor of “Dust Storm” to the power-popping “Let Go,” where co-ed harmonies set the stage for a tongue-in-cheek spoken word bridge. The guys sound like they’re genuinely having fun throughout, and a lack of pretense helps ensure that those listening can have fun, too.

Customer Reviews

Heartbreaking

As an absolute die-hard Spill Canvas fan since Sunsets came out, the direction this band has turned to is absolutely heartbreaking. They have faded away from their storybook, shivers down your spine emotion, and are drifting into the generic pop area. One Fell Swoop is probably my all-time favorite album, and this resembles absolutely nothing of what they are.

Yes, I completely understand bands want to continue to grow and revolutionize their sound, but this is far too extreme, and I'm sure most fellow Spill fans can share my disappointment. Even lyrically, Nick doesn't seem to be belting out the same verbal bliss that he used to. "Gateway Drug" and "Don't Let Your Enemies Become Friends" weren't even that bad either. But "Realities" is a big letdown as a longtime Spill fan.

WoW... Disappointment

agree with Gareth...
I loved Spill Canvas since I heard Sunsets and Car crashes years ago.... This is just strange though. How can such a great band with such strong emotion and lyyrics change to this generic country genre? No really im fine was the last best thing... and its a shame to say that our beloved spill canvas will never be the same.

Not the Spill Canvas i know.

I have every single spill song ever released. inculding "Go for the Jugular." Ive got to say this is the worst work Spill has released. I loved the acoustic based sound they had a few years back. Their album "No Really, I'm Fine," was a diffrent sound, but it was still enjoyable. These past 2 EP's have not been up to par, especially Realities. Their sound has done a full 360 and is not nearly the same or as good as the previous albums. Spill has always been known for deep, thoughtful, emotional lyrics, not "You're a waitress in a cocktail bar, and I'll save you cause im a big rockstar." Come on Spill, No really, its not fine.

Biography

Formed: 2002 in Sioux Falls, SD

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Like Bright Eyes and Five for Fighting, the Spill Canvas began as the pseudonym for a solo singer/songwriter before transitioning into a traditional band. Sioux Falls native Nick Thomas played in a variety of local punk bands in his early teens before transforming himself into a solo acoustic emo act along the lines of Dashboard Confessional. At the age of 19, he signed with the indie label One Eleven Records and recorded Sunsets and Car Crashes almost entirely on his own, save for a few guest musicians....
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