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This debut release by Detroit-based quartet The Silent Years is the kind of album that could quickly become a heavy-rotation favorite for fans of dynamic and imaginative indie pop. Featuring loads of chiming guitars and irresistible power chords, the band emphasizes the basics and executes them well, filling their songs with memorable melodies, sharp hooks, and pleasing vocal harmonies. The production is layered, lush, and arty, but never goes overboard, so the loops and effects accentuate rather than overwhelm the songs. Rolling out one upbeat tune after another, including a couple of should-be radio hits (“Someone to Keep Us Warm,” “The Devil Wears Sunshine”) the band can both rock hard (“This Town”) and get quiet and moody (“Lost at Sea”), as lead singer Josh Epstein makes the most of his strong, clear voice and impressive Jeff Buckley-esque range. This is a smart, confident, and thoroughly enjoyable debut from a band to watch.

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One of my favorites

This year I've really let myself branch away from my usual staple of classic rock, and I've discovered some pretty amazing contemporary bands. The Silent Years are on the top of my list. I was lucky enough to catch them live right after this album was released, and it was a fantastic show. The songs on this album move me in a great way. Pay attention to this band!!

Buy this record!

This is one of the only records from 2006 that I really enjoy. The Silent Years have it down. They write great songs, they're fantastic people, they are exceptionally talented musicians, and they put on an amazing live show. You really ought to do yourself a favour and buy this record!

Great Album Front to Back

Great selection of songs, tons of diversity without venturing too far from the bands "sound". Good guys, great musicians, awesome live show.


Formed: 2003 in Detroit, MI

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Members of the suburban Detroit-based indie rock act the Silent Years were all close friends in school, and formed the group in the early part of the 2000s. After disbanding for a period of time to attend college, the friends regrouped and started to perform again in venues around the area. The band built up a following in Detroit, and broadened its fan base with an impressive performance at South by Southwest in 2006. The group -- vocalist/guitarist Josh Epstein, bassist Pat Michalak, brothers Jeremy...
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