Hard working modern rock quartet Manic Drive return with their anticipated sophomore effort, Reset & Rewind. Thematically bold and musically diverse, this thirteen song release features guest appearances from Kevin Max and holy hip hopper M.O.C.
Format: Compact disc Vendor: Whiplash Records Publication Date: 2007
Following the bands auspicious debut, Reason for Motion, Canadas Manic Drive reunites with producer Brian Hardin for Reset & Rewind, an engaging sophomore effort that jackets dark but
spiritual themes with a fast-and-loose blend of rock, funk, pop, classical, hiphop and R&B. From the opening kick of the fist-pumping anthem NYC Gangsters to the plaintive piano-and-strings that close The Inventor, Reset & Rewind marks a journey of passion, pain and loss in a fallen worldequal parts rock & roll manifesto, hardboiled drama, and desperate plea for God to rescue us from this world.
Songwriter Shawn Cavallo addresses difficult issues with sympathy, from the hopeful ache of Blue to the strain of loss in Eleven Regrets and December Mourning. The track Obvious confronts Christian posers, while NYC Gangsters and The End encourage believers to stand up for their beliefs.
Musically, its a veritable musical smorgasbord, mixing dance grooves with metal guitar riffs (Blue, with guest vocals from Kevin Max), acoustic guitar with hip-hop flava (Dancefloor, with guest rapper M.O.C.), and industrial drive with pop choruses (Obvious). Throughout, the songs are infused with thick, urgent and sometimes surprising vocal harmonies.
With its second disc, Manic Drive continues to push the boundaries of faith music. Reset & Rewind will quickly dismiss questions about any sophomore slump.