Item description for You Can't Trust a Ladder by Myriad...
Album DescriptionThe Myriad proves why they have been such a buzz band on the West Coast-intelligent lyrics, solid hooks and music more reminiscent of bands from Europe than from the U.S.
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Studio: Floodgate Records
Record Label Floodgate Records
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.16" Width: 6.34" Height: 0.39" Weight: 0.22 lbs.
Release Date Jun 14, 2005
Publisher WORD INC. (MUSIC) #38
ISBN 0012334855 ISBN13 0080688639723 UPC 080688639723
Reviews - What do customers think about You Can't Trust a Ladder?
Alternative Christian rock with a mainstream slant Jan 15, 2006
If you like European rock with an American flair, let me introduce you to The Myriad. The modern rock sound they have is hard to nail down, sounding more like a hybrid of several bands without actually being any of them. You can hear the influence of bands like U2, Coldplay, Radiohead, and Cool Hand Luke just to name a few. The production levels of this recording are great. There's really not much you can say bad about this release. I loved this CD!
Songs like "When Fire Falls" and "10,000 x 10,000" remind you instantly of Curious Fools, The Prayer Chain and Radiohead with their atmospheric guitars and whispery vocals. "The Last Time" and "Stretched Over" sound a lot like they could have come from Pedro The Lion.
The tempo really picks up with "Perfect Obligation" and "Tethered". Both are a lot more upbeat than the songs thus far on this disc. Both have catchy vocal work and sound like they'd be a lot of fun done live-especially "Tethered". The guys sound tight and the hooks come strong.
The band really seems to cut loose with songs like "Nothing is Safe" and "Godray", channeling a ton of energy and excitement into the latter before dropping into an ethereal bridge and back out again to an explosive finish.
"A New Language" slows things down again. Though the song isn't as energetic as the ones before it, the intensity is still here. "We Will Be Disappointed Together" closes the disc with a strong anthem. Jeremy Edwardson's vocals throughout the record are smooth and yet can instantly take on the power and strength necessary to blow you away.
The Myriad has an incredible sound that should quickly make them a favorite of a lot of people. This is one strong group with a lot of appeal to fans of modern rock. Though I've compared them to a number of bands, they're not trying to copy any of them. Instead, they have found their own sound and built upon it. If you're a fan of Muse, Sunny Day Real Estate, or Christian bands like The Violet Burning, Mute Math, or any of the others I've mentioned before, you'll find something to like in "You Can't Trust A Ladder".
tight sound, good tunes Oct 24, 2005
I first discovered this band when they opened for A Beautiful Mistake and was very impressed with their sound (they played so tightly, and the mix was so good it was as if I was listening to a CD rather than a live band). The music was good, with solid beats and enchanting rhythm and melody (my first observation was the Radiohead influence - but that's not to say they're a knock-off). This CD has a good mix of more upbeat, energetic tracks and gentler more harmonic ones. The Myriad apparently claim to be a religious band (or is it just some joke of theirs?), but with songs about relationships and life's uncertainties, their religious leanings are not obvious - that is they don't sing "rock and roll hymns," like most modern religious groups - which in my mind makes them more accessable to a wider audience. Though I suppose one could read into the lyrics as much as one wants. In short, this is a very well produced, well written and well arranged debut album, even if a little bubble-gummy. Though I actually liked them more live, This CD is worth a shot.
Potential Aug 31, 2005
Review by Tyler Wagnon:
Alongside their Christian brethren Copeland, The Myriad does their best to write dramatic songs in the vein of Coldplay and Radiohead. To their credit, vocalist Jeremy Edwardson has one of those voices you can simply get lost in, but the songwriting simply does not cut it.
If you couldn't already guess, You Can't Trust a Ladder is a somewhat somber album full of crunchy guitars, keyboard flourishes, catchy choruses, etc. The first few tracks display a little more energy than the rest of the album, which is something they should work on. Again, Edwardson's vocals are pretty nice, and they do some good work with harmonies, but the songs are just really boring and after the initial few tracks, the album loses a lot of steam and never recovers.
Not all is lost however, because The Myriad has really set a nice foundation on which to build their sound. Right now they are trying a little too hard to sound like their influences, so a little work in the creativity department and some better songwriting and these guys will be heading in the right direction. Until then, no thanks.
Great band with a unique sound. Jul 27, 2005
I first heard of the Myriad at the Cornerstone Festival. I saw them in concert and the whole crowd was amazed by them. There sound on the stage prompted me to buy the album when I got home. I fell in love with it right away. They have a very unique way of writing songs. The production on the album is very good. This is a Christian band and it shows in their music. But it is not overwhelming I'm sure non-Christians will like it too.
Simply Beautiful Jul 22, 2005
This is an undeniably great work by this new artist. I always love artists that seem to remind you of others that have gone before, but are defined by none of them.
Radiohead, U2, I could go on. But the fact is that these guys have defined themselves bye their own means and creative talent, and should earn themselves their own space on the rock music landscape very soon.