What is an EP? It seems these days that so many artists have lost the concept of what an EP is. EP stands for "extended play." In other words, the artist is telling his fans, "These are the songs that didn't make the last album, and I want to share them with you." Jason Martin, founder and brain child of SF59, proves that he is an expert at making amazing EPs.
She's the Queen is the first of five EPs that SF59 has developed. Fans realized, early on, that SF59 wanted to bring their fans more. The band shouted to their fans, "A full length album isn't enough! We don't want you to have to wait for the next album! Here's something to keep us fresh."
Each EP has it's own identity. Queen has this feeling that SF59 didn't quite show who they truly were with Silver (the album Queen followed). Silver was all business - dark and thick guitars backed by a very standard rock beat on the drums. Jason Martin's vocals were dreamy yet fleeting throughout. She's the Queen has a completely different sound.
The EP opens up with the title track "She's The Queen." It features almost the same sound as on Silver. Lot's of distortion, feedback, standard beat, and Martin's vocals. But it adds this lead guitar riff that screams through the thick guitars starting during the first chorus. It's something truly different. Yet, from this point, the listener is truly believing this is going to be a continuation from before. It's the next track that grabs you and destroys and preconceived notion you might have of SF59's music.
"She Was My Sweetheart" features no distortion, and instead offers drums with brushes instead of sticks and Martin's voice seeping out emotion. What is this? It's music. We begin to understand that Starflyer is not some basic run-of-the-mill band, and it begins with this song. The rest of the album contains a few remixes of some songs from Silver. It also contains some new songs which have become fan favorites. "Canary Row" and "Salinas" specifically show that SF59 is not afraid to shake up their usual way of playing music.
All in all, the She's the Queen EP did exactly what EPs are supposed to do: share with the fans more music when the previous album wasn't enough, and make the fans plead for what's coming up next.JFH Reader Review: Review date: 12/3/05, written by Matthew Burr for Jesusfreakhideout.com
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