The opening track, All Is Said And Done was released through the internet a while ago and has been praised by fans. And when listening to this track you’ll understand. It’s a solid song that provides the perfect intro to the album. The melancholic sound, enriched with synth effects and good guitar work leads into the uptempo pop/rock that befits this band. It’s slightly more alternative than we’re used to, but Vertical Horizon is off to a very good start. And the uptempo goodness is far from over. On Afterglow we get a glimpse of why this band became such a big hit in the early days of this decade. Afterglow is reminiscent of the “Everything You Want” days with its catchy, forthflowing rhythm and strong hooks. Could very well be the comeback single if you ask me.
The more mysterious Carrying On has such a pretty build-up. It’s one of those songs that can just speak to you. It’s a VH trademark and the band shows they still have it going for them. It kind of makes me feel nostalgic.
Back To You should be the band’s next radio hit. The catchy hooks and impressive vocals really remind me of their early days, the pre-“Everything You Want” days. The rootsy, more alternative influences give the song extra boost and energy and the strong vocal performance just makes you go along with the song. And on Back To You the band proves to have some of the best songwriters in the business.
And with Here, they deliver another great song that is both gentle and powerful. The interaction between the vocalists and instrumentalists is quite perfect and the feeling and passion the band provides in the song is memorable. The breezier, almost soulful, jazzy approach on Before The Let Down is something I didn’t see coming. But I love it. It provides a nice contrast with the uptempo pop/rockers the band thrives on. But they show that this more intimate, more direct approach works really well for them too. And lyrically it’s another gem also.
Save Me From Myself is another song that was previously released and could be considered as the album’s lead single. And for a good reason, cause the strong hooks and catchy rhythm provide the best of the best what this band can bring to the table. The enigmatic and powerful vocals combined with the alternative rock feel of the song has the exact right energy that you hope for and Vertical Horizon knows how to make use of that. The band is in top form on Save Me From Myself. And on the pop anthem Lucky One, Vertical Horizon comes up with some clever hooks again and the song comes to full potential in the chorus. Why Vertical Horizon isn’t one of the biggest bands in this genre is a mystery to me.
Losing Ground reminds me of Augustana on their latest album. Or maybe I should say that Augustana reminded me of Vertical Horizon on that album. Cause no one does it as well as Vertical Horizon. The songwriting, the lyrics, the heartfelt delivery, the passionate vocals and the complete arrangement, it just doesn’t get much better than that. Losing Ground is one of those perfect pop songs that you come across rarely.
The epic Welcome To The Bottom is something that reminds me of some other stage of Vertical Horizon’s career, but I can’t really pinpoint what stage. It’s the next song I can’t really say anything negative about. Welcome To The Bottom is a great album song that gives way for Vertical Horizon to shine once again.
The album closer, Even Now, was written by Neil Peart (Rush) and he also plays the drums. You can hear the influence, but Vertical Horizon definitely made the song their own. It is bound to become one of the fan favorites on this album.
Vertical Horizon is more than back with “Burning The Days”. They took their time, but because of their experiences they have matured and made their music even stronger in almost any aspect. “Burning The Days” is a product that should propel them back into stardom and if it doesn’t something is seriously wrong with the world. They are definitely competing for comback award of the year.