“Cosmos” opens with Need which is in fact one of the album’s best songs. The alternative indie rocker with a bold edge could do some serious damage on alternative rock radio and will appeal to fans of bands like Anberlin, Acceptance & Nevertheless.
The emotive Fair-weather is a decent track with a pretty solid build up and a strong chorus, and though the energy is good the song is pretty standard in a lot of aspects. But it’s played well and fits well on this album. At times the vocals sound like a clearer version of Cobain.
An Epiphany features both influences from the indie singer/songwriter scene and the powerpop-punk/rock scene. It holds somewhere in the middle and the keys have a nice effect. The empathic vocals and the overall convincing performance gives this song something special.
Blocking The Sun
There’s a good groove on Blocking The Sun which sometimes sounds like American Hi-Fi mashed up with Acceptance which is a remarkably successfull blend if you judge it by this song. The Send obviously thrives in this kind of thing as this is pure and utter ear candy.
The more laid-back sound on Begin provides nice variation on this cleverly arranged album. The inspirational music and compassionate vocals provide a comfortable song with a pretty nice progress as it goes along.
Because of the acoustic guitar and strong, emotional vocals this song reminds of Time & Distance or Dashboard Confessional a little without really going down that path. The guitar melody has the habit of sticking in your head without being really all that catchy when you listen to it. Well done.
The post-grungy influenced Drown has a good drive and some pretty nice hooks. Could be a decent radio single with proper promotion. The strong vocals and solid guitar work give this song the body it needs.
Mostly cause of the drum-guitar interaction there’s catchiness to the rhythm of the song which holds the middle between Acceptance, Honestly & Snow Patrol (kinda weird combination, but it works). Joe Kisselburgh worked this song out pretty well and on this album that doesn’t have a real stand-out radio song, this is probaly his best bet for airplay.
The Science of The Sky
The angsty vocals and addictive guitar on The Science of the Sky work for the song, but at times it can come across a little chaotic. It has a decent radio format but nothing that will make it a real hit single. While the song has great energy and the songwriting is solid, it’s not the album’s masterpiece.
Dawn And Dusk
Dawn And Dusk is probably the best song on the album. The song is pretty catchy and has a great rhythm. The song varies between faster and more paced down tempos and the vocals are really strong. Kisselbergh really gets into the song and the powerful performance brings this song to a higher level and it would also make a pretty decent radio single, especially since the lyrics are open to interpretation and could possibly make for a great video.
The surprisingly upbeat Say is a welcome change on “Cosmos”. The convincing performance combined with the excellent songwriting makes for another excellent song. The building up to the chorus might be a little textbook, but if it serves the song well you can only applaud it.
The melodic Fire Colors is another addition to the strong 2nd half of this album. The rounded rhythm and the inspiring lyrics provide for a great pop/rock song that is performed with plenty of confidence and passion. Definitely an album highlight.
The album ends with In Response which is another pretty strong song. The strong arrangement and excellent vocals are the best parts of the song, but also the keys provide a nice counterpart to the vocals. A strong ending to what ended up being quite an impressive debut album.
“Cosmos” is a creative debut album which is a good addition to the genre but there’s a lot of room for growth. Kisselburgh can write some pretty sweet songs but he needs to work on getting a little more radio-friendliness in if he wants to reach bigger audiences. Musically it’s all clever and tight, but it needs a little more pop sensibility. The Send is a promising project and I look forward to hearing more of it in the future.