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CD REVIEW: Take You There by Version 5

We all go through times when we feel broken, when it seems like the whole world has risen in arms against us. Some people keep it inside, some vent gall and all they feel on people around. But there is a way that is much more rational and effective, and Version 5 uses it without accident. They not only get rid of their negative emotions and help others get over it, but they also gain success producing genuine and powerful songs.

In this regard Version 5’s EP Take You There was just what I needed today, for I was not in the best frame of mind, having come home. After having listened to these three pretty aggressive tunes, I felt such a relief, that I couldn’t even explain why I had been feeling down. It’s like a therapy. You just have to let go.

Brothers Andy and Spenser Olson have been into music since they got their first guitars from their Grandfather (who was a Midwest Rock & Country Hall of Famer, by the way) in 2003. They had played with a number of other musicians, before they decided, that it couldn’t be better than just two of them, in January 2013. It took them less than a year to attract attention of such a professional, as Jeff Blue, multi-platinum record producer, who worked with Linkin Park and Macy Gray; and record this EP.

The electronic-rock mixture, that the band offers, feels extremely organic and harmonious, – they definitely have some secret inner instrument that organizes all the small pieces and bits and puts them in order. Usually, it’s called “talent”.

Peculiar electronic sounds, that these two young men make active use of, remind me of zombies and the abode of the spirits. They feel so atmospheric and mystical, that they shift you to another world all together.

Groovy, rhythmic tracks of the album address to the lurking, latent reserves of energy within you; which would let you get up and keep going in situations, when you have fallen, and it feels like you cannot handle any more load. Aggression is what you need.

The intro of the song Bury You sounds quite like Rammstein. Listening to this single I almost feel like running, so energizing it is.

Take You There will definitely appeal to the fans of Linkin Park. It contains all the elements of their rap rock style. Apart from that, you will actually hear sounds that have resemblance with those, which current flow produces. Probably, it’s just running through your veins.

The build-ups and falls of intensity in all the three songs won’t let you relax or get bored. Of course, Version 5 doesn’t intend to Bury You; they “just want to be left alone”, so that they can wreak all their darkest emotions into fine and original works, which will help others go through their hard times and feel that they are not alone in this battle, and there is nothing wrong in feeling this way.

SPOTIFY: https://play.spotify.com/artist/5SajgIeRIchkTAfxT8ismF

by Anastasia Shanueva

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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