"...A Better View of the Rising Moon" (Victory; 2007)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Honestly, 1997's "...A Better View of the Rising Moon" (or is the full title "Since My House Burned Down I Now Own a Better View of the Rising Moon," as shown on the cover?) probably isn't going to appeal to most readers of Rough Edge. This isn't a hard rock or heavy metal album by any stretch of the imagination, and it's a real reach to even categorize it as some sub-category of punk.

What "...A Better View" is, however, is a surprisingly emotional, incredibly well-written and particularly well-sung collection of folksy emo tunes that will never have you banging your head, but might very well catch you nodding along to the beat, as you fall prey to the irresistible vocals and gentle yet hook-laden melodies.

Modern, unique and surprisingly accessible despite its decidedly contemporary sound, 1997's "...A Better View of the Rising Moon" is for those unafraid to wear their hearts on their sleeve.

1997: Nick Coleman - drums; Caleb Pepp - guitar/vocals; Kerri Mack - vocals/keyboards; Kevin Thomas - vocals; Alan Goffinski - bass/vocals.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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