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1st and 4th tracks alone are gems!

This four-song mini-album is worth the buy for the first and fourth tracks alone. The first track, ‘If I Die’, is a plugged-in cut of the song released on the Chiller Theater album. It is richer and more fulfilling, which is saying a lot considering the acoustical cut was spectacular. The fourth track, ‘Vertigo’, is the original with a second chorus added in. The addition is fluid and seamless. I did not think anything was missing before, now I cannot imagine the song without the second chorus (think Roger Clyne’s ‘Counterclockwise’). This song is still JT’s best lyrical work cut to CD to date, and it seems as if the years of toil and experimenting are truly paying off. You can listen to this song all day and not tire of it. The second track, ‘Beating of Your Heart’, has moments of brilliance, but it still feels like a work in progress. It begins almost out-of-synch, as if the lyrics and the guitar are awkwardly dancing -- not quite stepping on toes, but tentatively wondering if they have chemistry. It takes almost a minute for everything to gel, but when JT layers in the background vocals, the awkward vibe begins to ebb, hovering in the distance, making his lyrics even more poignant. Track 3, ‘Tied Up’, feels like the most experimental of the lot, if not a true work-in-progress. It’s rather stark except for the chorus (something at which JT is truly beginning to excel), the second half of the song feels like a replay of the first half, and the last minute piano definitely falls into the ‘let’s have some fun and see what happens’ category. Regardless, the first and fourth tracks should make this purchase more than satisfying, if not leaving you feeling as you've discovered a pair of potential gems.

Tens Tiers .... on the verge of greatness

The last effort by Tens Tiers just proves that when you keep beating at your craft you can only improve.
Lyrics that ring true and are obviously written from real life experience, melodies that sing out to you even after you listen, and tasteful arrangements all add up to a killer EP .
Buzz track : Vertigo

solid EP

I was lured to this more by the looks of the hunky lead singer, who happens to be an actor as well. Well, damned if I wasn't in for a nice surprise! A solid set of well-written songs with interesting lyrics. I'll be interested in seeing how they progress and grow as a band... Ten Tiers could really be something with the right push. (And it's always nice when the lead singer takes off his shirt onstage!)


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s

Born in 1966 in New York City, Jonathan Tiersten originally got his start in film. After playing a role in a cult horror classic Sleepaway Camp, Tiersten studied drama at the University of New York along with Adam Sandler and Molly Shannon. In 1987, he acted in an after-school show called "Seasonal Differences", but by that time he was tired of the acting industry. Tiersten quit his film career and moved from New York City to Fort Collins, Colorado in 1991. There he operated a bar, the Mountain Tap...
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  • $3.96
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Pop
  • Released: Sep 23, 2009

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