Revelation by Sons of Sylvia on Apple Music

11 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

As the Clark Brothers this sibling trio won top honors on Fox’s The Next Great American Band in 2007. With a name change and a Carrie Underwood tour behind them, they fill their debut long-player with bravura energy and hook-studded songwriting. Though the Sons of Sylvia have ties to Nashville, Adam Clark’s mandolin and his brother Austin’s dobro work are the main country touches found here. Revelation is an exercise in modern rock, with overtones of everything from U2 (“Give Me Love”) to Aerosmith (“50 Ways”) evident. Lead singer Ashley Clark radiates charisma throughout, mixing romantic urgency with heroic élan. “John Wayne” and “Love Left to Lose” are widescreen melodramas set to bracing rhythms, allowing Ashley to unleash his formidable vocal range. “Long Beach” and “Song of Solomon” smolder thoughtfully, while “The War Within” combines sound clips with a steamy groove. Most compelling is the title track, an exploration of identity invoking the ghosts of John Lennon and Elvis.

EDITORS’ NOTES

As the Clark Brothers this sibling trio won top honors on Fox’s The Next Great American Band in 2007. With a name change and a Carrie Underwood tour behind them, they fill their debut long-player with bravura energy and hook-studded songwriting. Though the Sons of Sylvia have ties to Nashville, Adam Clark’s mandolin and his brother Austin’s dobro work are the main country touches found here. Revelation is an exercise in modern rock, with overtones of everything from U2 (“Give Me Love”) to Aerosmith (“50 Ways”) evident. Lead singer Ashley Clark radiates charisma throughout, mixing romantic urgency with heroic élan. “John Wayne” and “Love Left to Lose” are widescreen melodramas set to bracing rhythms, allowing Ashley to unleash his formidable vocal range. “Long Beach” and “Song of Solomon” smolder thoughtfully, while “The War Within” combines sound clips with a steamy groove. Most compelling is the title track, an exploration of identity invoking the ghosts of John Lennon and Elvis.

TITLE TIME
4:28
3:16
3:21
3:04
4:56
3:17
3:09
3:38
4:10
6:10
3:33

About Sons of Sylvia

A country-pop trio featuring three photogenic brothers, Sons of Sylvia was formed in 2007 by Adam Clark (guitar, mandolin), Ashley Clark (lead vocals, fiddle, guitar, mandolin), and Austin Clark (background vocals, resonator guitar). Along with three other siblings -- Aaron, Andrew, and Alan Clark -- the members were originally part of the Clark Family Experience, a sextet that recorded an album for Curb Records in 2002 before disbanding and filing for bankruptcy one year later. Adam, Ashley, and Austin regrouped as the Clark Brothers and began performing live in 2007, eventually walking off with the top prize on Fox’s The Next Great American Band television show. Winning the TV contest led to a record contract with Universal South Records, and the trio renamed itself Sons of Sylvia in 2009.

Label reshuffling left Sons of Sylvia without a record deal, however, and they consequently signed with Interscope Records/19 Recordings in 2010. The debut album Revelation appeared that same year, and the brothers promoted its release by touring the country with Carrie Underwood (whose 2009 album, Play On, featured Sons of Slyvia on the song "What Can I Say"). ~ Steve Leggett

  • ORIGIN
    Virginia
  • FORMED
    2007

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