Melodine - 2003 Out Of Your Hands

ARTIST: Melodine
ALBUM: Out Of Your Hands
LABEL: Atenzia Records
YEAR: 2003

LINEUP: Evan Frankfort - vocals * Joel Martin - guitars * Mike Farrell - keyboards * Eric Dziembowski - bass * Luke Adams - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Exit Wounds * 02 Separation Anxiety * 03 She's Only Human * 04 Heaven's Coming To California * 05 The Le Tingo * 06 Prime O Life Housewife * 07 Nothing New * 08 It's Coming Around * 09 In Spite Of You * 10 Petered Out * 11 Slow Dive * 12 She's The Man * 13 Rope * 14 Chew Your Life


Evan Frankfort has something of a Midas touch when it comes to his production work with up and coming bands around the LA area, and he's brought that same mark of quality to his own band Melodine.

Quite simply, 'Out of Your Hands' is one of the best, if not the best modern rock albums of 2003. The band's previous self-released album, 'Appreciation' was superb, but this follow up on Atenzia Records is even better.

The Songs

Opener 'Exit Wounds' typifies exactly what Melodine are all about, an intensely contemporary and cool vibe married to an interesting sonic landscape as well as plenty of melody are the ingredients which separate the band from a lot of nu-breed bands out there at the moment.

Although that trademark Melodine sound is evident on each of the album's 14 tracks, the diversity of songs is astonishing. The up-tempo 'Heaven's Coming To California' has shades of The Cars to it, the cleverly written and arranged 'The Le Tingo' has a distinctly Latin feel, and the dark and brooding closing track 'Chew Your Life' wouldn't sound out of place on a Radiohead record.

Other standouts include 'Slow Dive', which was originally written for Santana, the unexpectedly aggressive yet melodic 'Rope' and the quirky 'She's Only Human'. Five tracks have been re-worked from the original versions heard on 'Appreciation', but such is Frankfort's studio wizardry, each song has had new life breathed into it.

The high-profile assistance of Wallflowers Greg Richling and Rami Jaffee enriches the scathing 'Nothing New' while 'Petered Out' sounds even more powerful than ever: 'I gave you someone you could trust/You gave me bad vibes and disgust'.

In Summary

With each new release, Atenzia has raised the bar in terms of its modern rock bands, and with an inventive, diverse blend of melodic modern rock, Melodine's 'Out of Your Hands' is the label's best release yet.

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