Listen to the new album from Ian Yates!
Listen to the new album from Elevation Worship!

JFH Staff Review


The Drawing Room, The Drawing Room
The Drawing Room
The Drawing Room



Artist Info: Discography
Album length: 12 tracks: 33 minutes, 21 seconds
Street Date: March 24, 2009 / May 5, 2009 (Stores)


Those familiar with Trevor McNevan are also familiar with his versatility as he is not only the frontman for one of the best rock groups in Christian music (Thousand Foot Krutch) but also the founder of the popular punk act, FM Static. However another Thousand Foot Krutch band member is flexing his own creative muscles: bassist Joel Bruyere. The music sounds and melodies roped together in this side project are simply titled The Drawing Room. And it's probable that The Drawing room will remain a side project considering the lack of unity as an album, the appearance of smoothless tune changes, and vague lyrics.

The album takes on an organic sound rather than an electronic one, as Joel Bruyere drives the pop rock tunes with an acoustic guitar. However, Bruyere does a splendid job keeping the opening track, "Keys (The Liaison)," fresh with it its up-tempo alternative rock and its ear-catching bridge. The natural rock sound of the disc is inviting, but there are times when the appearance of an electric guitar would have been welcomed. "Peddle" especially would have benefited from some heavy riffs, which would have made its rock chorus epic. The guitar driven "Trip" features fun hooks to go along with the innovative upbeat pop music, but the diverse twists on "The Garden Of Even" hover between genius and incoherent. The upbeat tunes are balanced by more melancholy songs led by the brilliant, gloomy alterative track "Windsor For The Winter."

One major drawback is with all the creativity offered by The Drawing Room, Bruyere's experiments with song structure and complexity sometimes come at the expense of the overall listening quality of an individual song. "Salt In My Lungs," another glum song, never goes back to any earlier established melody. The song is also an example of how no song on the album exceeds the length of 3:13 as it clocks in at an album low of just 2:15. The unique but disjointed "Skeleton key" would have been better minus the prominent and annoying drum beats, while the mellow "Pocket Watch" needed a spark to help its uneventful music. The other big downside is the fuzzy lyrics which will fail to give fans obvious references to God that are so prevalent with Bruyere's other project, Thousand Foot Krutch. Instead, The Drawing Room gives listeners solemn messages regarding acting quickly in a beat up world ("Keys (The Liaison)") while similarly, "Peddle" asks what if 'staying inside the lines' all came down to nothing.

Full attention must be given if listeners want to get the most out of The Drawing Room, as the music will require more concentration than turning up. Although it's likely that The Drawing Room won't find its way onto radio, it's an artistic side project. However that's all Joel Bruyere's debut album is: a side project.

- Review date: 4/8/09, written by Nathaniel Schexnayder of Jesusfreakhideout.com

 

. Record Label: Tooth & Nail Records
. Album length: 12 tracks: 33 minutes, 21 seconds
. Street Date: March 24, 2009 (iTunes) / May 5, 2009 (Stores)
. Buy It: Amazon.com
. Buy It: iTunes

  1. Keys (The Liaison) (3:12)
  2. The Garden Of Even (2:20)
  3. June Carter Cat (2:55)
  4. Trip (2:56)
  5. Hounds Of Winter (3:07)
  6. The Salt In My Lungs (2:15)
  7. Windsor For The Winter (2:50)
  8. The Spy (2:23)
  9. Skeleton Key (2:16)
  10. Sick Jack (2:44)
  11. Pocketwatch (3:13)
  12. Peddle (2:39)

 

 

go to main Album review page
go to Album review archive

 

World Premiere Video
(JFH Sponsor Spot)

 

 

           
Listen to the new album from Elevation Worship!

Search JFH



Music Out This Week

This Thursday, April 18
Local Sound The Free World, Vol. 1 - EP [Integrity]


This Friday, April 19
29:11 Worship Roses - Single [DREAM]
Apollo LTD On The Way Up 2.0 - Single [Centricity]
Amanda Lindsey Cook Still - Single [Bethel]
Tori Harper Revival - Single [The Fuel]
Influencers Father's Love - Single (independent)
Leigh Nash Kiss Me (20th Anniversary Edition) / God Gave Me Horses - Single (independent)
Dave Pettigrew Faith & Gasoline (independent)
Bryan Popin All Back - Single [United Alliance]
Trinity Anthem of Love - Single [The Fuel]
JJ Weeks Choices - Single [Radiate]
Phil Wickham & Chris Quilala You Cannot Be Stopped - Single [Sparrow]


Next Friday, April 26
Jared Anderson Keep Your Eyes on Jesus - Single (independent)
For All Seasons Just For Today - Single [Centricity]
Jason Gray I'm Gonna Let It Go - Single [Centricity]
Hillsong UNITED People [Hillsong]
Mallary Hope Out of My Hands [Word/Curb]
Sarah Kroger Bloom [Integrity]
Starflyer 59 Young In My Head [Tooth & Nail]


For all release dates, click here!
 


New Music Reviews


Listen to the new album from Illijam!

New Indie Reviews


New Movie Reviews


Free MP3 Downloads