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P. J. Evans | St. Louis Area | 04/03/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is a nice first effort, but after seeing the band several times, it comes as a bit of a disappointment. It occurs to me that some well-intentioned but misguided producer had an idea about how the band needed to sound, so they could sell records. In this effort, the band has been misrepresented. Don't get me wrong, the songs are solid throughout. But the energy level doesn't do justice to this band's live sound. I had the CD before I saw them live, and imagine my surprise. I couldn't believe it was the same band. To get a better idea of Colony's talent, pick up their EP, 'Starting To', from the band's web page, or hold out for their new CD, which will be released sometime in May. They've made great strides since the first album, and every time I've seen them, they've managed to impress me. The evolution of their sound has been remarkable. If you enjoy power pop with a bite, check them out. If you live in the St. Louis area, SEE THEM LIVE !"
Symphony of Light
Lee Armstrong | Winterville, NC United States | 11/07/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Siren" is an amazing CD. The part that absolutely explodes from my speakers comes in the middle of the CD with 4 stellar tracks on 6-9. "Alone" has a pop-tango beat that is thoroughly infectious, "I don't want to be me for a while; I don't want to respond for a while," with Ted Bruner's vocals sounding like he has a stuffy nose. "Go" is another pop classic rife with hooks, a break and Jon Armstrong's (no relation, unfortunately) hot electric lead zipping up and down the scale at dizzying speed. Matt Hickenbotham gives a bouncy rumba beat to "Past the Girl" with a stunning melody and a dreamy George Harrison-like arrangement. "One Morning" has some of the most picturesque lyrics, "I woke one morning to a symphony of light pouring through my window" complimented by Armstrong's fiery electric lead. The last track "A Lot Like You" is another great little pop track. This St. Louis-based band's CD was under my radar screen for quite a while. I'm glad I've finally discovered them! Bravo!"
BM | UK | 03/31/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album is simply a superb collection of mellow tunes and alternative rock. Saturday is a terrific song to calm you down and the lightish rock of songs such as A Lot Like You is perfect to listen to if you want a break from some of the heavier stuff around. A must buy."