Here In Your World
The album starts with the title track. Here In Your World shows that Silkstone has chosen for a bit more of a (indie)rock approach. The sound lies somewhere between Lifehouse, Maroon 5 & Tonic, so it still is pretty mainstream and the alternative rock song has commercial potential. I’d say the album’s off to a pretty good start.
The post-grunge sound of Keeps Me Together shows the bands Pearl Jam/Nirvana influences. The song is pretty energetic and is well-performed. The build-up of the song is strong and though the vocals are slightly subjected to the instruments they are strong and fit the song well. The song doesn’t come to full potential, but sounds promising nonetheless.
On Happy Here the sound is paced down a little which makes the vocals come out a lot better. The band showed on their first album that their strongest sides are the gentle build-ups and the passionate and intimate performances of their powerful pop songs. Happy Here holds on to that formula, though the sound is more alternative than on “For A Reason”, as that is where the band’s sound evolved into.
Out Of My League
Out Of My League could be the album’s best track. Or at least it is one of the highlights on this sophomore album. The gentle power ballad has excellent lyrics, and very strong guitar work. The passionate vocals tell the story of a love that is just out of reach. This is the signature song for this band, and that’s why they do it so perfectly.
It Takes More
The powerful It Takes More is another highlight on “Here In Your World”. The vocals are exceptional and the passion in the song is tangible, and gives the song more dimension. The strong arrangement and build-up allow it to grow to its climax and the band plays it out very well.
Security reminds me of something else, but I can’t really remember what exactly. It’s a pretty good song, but it’s not really one of my favorites. It would make a very good single though, as it’s catchy, uptempo and has a familiar ring to it.
Stuck In The Middle
The gentle piano ballad Stuck In The Middle has one of the better arrangements of all the songs on this album, and the vocals are crystal clear. The intimacy and passion that is created by the piano-vocal dynamics and slowly builds up to a more full band climax is magical and Stuck In The Middle really is one of the best Silkstone songs to date.
Never Get Close
Silkstone chooses to rock out on Never Get Close which has a bit of a Lenny Kravitz feel to it. Especially the chorus and the guitar work. The band uses their energy and comes up with a more than decent rock & roll song.
Bigger Than Today
Bigger Than Today mixes the gentleness and the energy into a song that is reminiscent of what Silkstone sounded like on their debut. The radio-friendly song has a strong build up and benefits from its strong vocals and well-balanced arrangement.
The energetic rock & roll that is Hey Man is a powerful highlight and probably the best of the band’s louder/harder songs. Great drummming and an amazing and catchy chorus are the building blocks for this strong song that seems to be a good example of the sound this band is looking for.
We Always Say
The slower We Always Say isn’t one of the band’s best songs. The altpop song doesn’t really come out too convincingly and it’s obvious that the band is searching for the right sound. They do well on sensitive power ballads and energetic powerpop & rock n roll tracks, but this altpop thing doesn’t really seem to do it for them.
The album ends with Sensible which is a powerful alternative rocker. It doesn’t swing as much as Hey Man but it still is a very solid rock & roll song with tight drumming and interesting guitar work. And it is placed well at the end of the album.
“Here In Your World” rocks a little harder than its predecessor and it has a number of excellent songs. It’s obvious though, that after a few transitions, the band is trying to find their groove again. The songs are all well-written and passionately performed, but in this more rock sound, the band is trying to figure out where they stand. There are some excellent tracks on the album, but also a few where they seem to be still looking. But with tracks like Out Of My League & Hey Man, Silkstone is right back at the front lines.