Edison Glass derives its name from two pretty inventive guys – Thomas Edison and Philip Glass. That’s setting the bar pretty high for yourself.
In reality, Edison Glass likely isn’t likely to leave an impact on the level of either of one of their namesakes, and in the crowded indie alternative scene, they don’t do enough to stand out.
Time is Fiction, the band’s second full-length release under their current moniker, doesn’t sound much different from their last LP A Burn or a Shiver. Two vocalists and two guitars drive every song, ensuring even the slowest of songs has an undeniable energy. I have little doubt the band puts on a fun live show, but it’s certainly due to their frenetic pace, rather than their musical creativity. Listening to the entire album is a bit exhausting – every song runs together due to the innumerable driving guitar solos and repetitive lyrics.
It doesn’t help matters that Josh Morin’s screechy vocals begin to wear on the ears before the album is half up. Joshua Silverberg provides a voice that’s more conventional, but Morin certainly bears the weight of the singing. Unique vocalists are good, and I’m sure Morin has his share of fans, but he caused me to cringe not a few times throughout the course of the album. (“Without a Sound,” “The Jig is Up”)
It’s clear that theses guys are talented – the musicianship is solid, but I couldn’t shake the feeling that I was being sold short. The repetition, both lyrically and musically, that seems to crop up in every song is tiring. Mix it up a little! The band gets it right on tracks like “See Me Through” by introducing a little piano. It helps create a fuller sound than the two guitars and bass can provide alone.
Time is Fiction warrants several listens, but when it takes a concentrated effort to distinguish one song from the next, the replayability level is in serious danger. For me, Time is Fiction will suffer the same fate as Edison Glass’s last album and get lost amid the rest of the albums in my library I never listen to. It’s a shame – I feel like these guys deserve better, but it’s going to take a more distinct sound that doesn’t get lost in the noise of two electric guitars to set them apart from the rest of the indie alternative crowd.