Take Today’s new album, Choices suffers from an issue that is becoming a more prominent problem in the rock scene. Here we have a good rock album, a very good rock album, one that has bags of potential but it’s not one you’re likely to be listening to months down the line.
Opening song, Enemy is a disappointing start until the final minute when it goes for the throat with some wonderful clashing instruments & a rolling drum beat that will get the hairs standing up on the back of your neck.
These flashes are what make songs like the title track, Choices stand out with a RATM style beat that crops up near the end & it’s frustrating that we don’t get more. It’s an album filled with rhythm, style & plenty of passion it’s just lacking that killer edge.
Take the ballad, The Mend which begins damply. Vocalist P has a nice range but it’s arguable if you could pick him out of a line-up of rock band vocalists. However, it does pick up in the latter part of the song, not just lighting a fire under you as much as burning the whole chair, room & building down. It’s these moments that show that there is such potential in Take Today.
Fans of a more pop-rock sound will get a kick out of songs like Believe the Difference & The Last of the Maker. The former with it’s soft melody & vocals matched with sing along ‘wooah-ooooo’ moments will definitely hit the right note for a certain crowd. While the latter has a harder beat with heavier vocal moments but feels at odds with the rest of the album.
Take Today have proven with Choices that they have a lot of potential within the rock genre. There are flashes of brilliance here & there, moments that put a smile on your face. The album does seem a bit confused as to what direction they want to lean towards be it a harder rock sound or a more pop-rock sound but that can be put down to experimentation.
Overall Track Listing:
3. You Were the One
4. The Mend
5. Fear from Society
6. Believe the Difference
7. The Last of the Maker
Choices was released on September 17th, 2016 & can be picked up on bandcamp here. You can find out more about the band by going to their Facebook page, following them on Twitter & checking them out on YouTube here.
Take Today - Choices (Self-Released)
- The Final Score - 6/106/10