Local popsters Sevenstar have released their latest offering,
Everything Isn’t Everything, which is one of the sharpest
albums I have heard in 2004. The album is an interesting mix of
well-written lyrics and memorable rhythms. To me, that is Sevenstar’s
appeal: the ability to create catchy tunes that permanently lodge
themselves into the listener’s brain and won’t get
the hell out.
For example, the second song on the CD, “Wounded,”
has more hooks than a bait shop. Grant Essig’s clean vocals
combined with Jaclyn Mayer’s funky bassline produce one
of the best songs on the entire album.
Sevenstar does turn the energy down and the talent up with a
few slower tracks. The first ballad-esque track, “Perfect
Morning Remedy,” is a hit waiting to happen. A smooth (and
muted) rhythm section frames Essig’s love poem perfectly.
“Head North” is just a simple acoustic serenade into
which Essig pours his heart to create a smartly written lullaby.
Both of these songs give the album a sense of humility and warmth.
The one song that stands out as a natural rock anthem is “Every
Little Thing.” This song has all the makings of a retro-rock
hit. A tight rhythm section, amusing backing vocals, and a healthy
dash of high-energy rock combine to showcase the band’s
The one aspect of the album that did annoy me was how some of
the songs would just not end. Several of the tracks have extended
musical interludes tacked on, which just aggravates me. I often
found myself hitting the “next track” button when
the natural progression of the song seemed over.
Let’s face it: You may not find the meaning of life on
this album, but what you will get is a solidly produced album
full of great pop music.
-- Jim Campbell