I remember reviewing Crash Parallel’s previous album. What I did not like about that album was that the singer sounded uninspired on many songs. Many songs were sung in one tone, quite similar to Swedish band Takida. When I heard the first single from Sunset in Reverse I was not too impressed but luckily the vocals are in general better on this album, mostly due to the fact that singer Tim Edwards moves in a wider range with his vocals this time. I like that there is a better variation among the songs as well. I prefer the up-tempo numbers as they bring something different to the table.
The album starts off with a Wake Up, a song that could have been taken from a Jon McLaughlin album with a nice piano intro. There are still some issues with the slower songs but it think the material in general is better than on the first album. Other good songs are Disappear and first single Changing the Weather. Want You More is another cool song with some Matt Wertz-vibes to it. There is also a quite nice cover of Peter Gabriel’s In Your Eyes.
It is nice to see that the band progresses and evolve in the right direction. It is a safe buy if you are into FM rock like Counting Crows, Wallflowers and The Fray. If they continue to evolve like this, then the next album might be a killer.