Rick and Tara Eberle, who front the Farmingdale-based quartet Iridesense, plan on being the next sibling combo to make mad loot and see their names in lights. Go check out their homepage, take a listen to the MP3 files and decide for yourself. The best part about the five songs offered here is that they provide a glimpse at the growth Iridesense has made during the past few years. "Big Sympathy," "Heaven" and "History" were all recorded between '95 and '96, and all appeared on their debut Cool Dream Tomorrow, while "Stupid and Blind" and "Obvious" are brand new tunes that are yet to be released. "Big Sympathy"features some gorgeous three-part harmonies, yet relies a little too heavily on the Cranberries' brand of song structure, while Tara Eberle's vocal flights are a little too much like Dolores O'Riordan's for my taste. "Heaven" showcases Tara's subtly seductive vox and Rick's understated harmonizing but gets lyrically redundant with the cloying verse "Don't make me cry for you." Guitarist Rob Viccari and drummer Rich Drouin both get an opportunity to shine on the rollicking "History," but there is no denying the song's dated feel . These three early tunes aptly display common problems plaguing most young pop bands that are searching for an original sound. There was no denying their potential back then, but their new tunes are unquestionably superior. "Obvious" gives us the lyrical tale of one half of a young couple who's had enough with the relationship and seeks a clean break. The song opens with a scratchy, mono recording of the female storyteller leaving a sung message on her soon-to-be-ex's machine (think of song breaks on Pink Floyd's The Wall) that blossoms into a multi-layered, self-assured anthem. The tune showcases originality and well-honed musicianship. The finest offering is the savory radio-ready pop of "Stupid & Blind," which gains buoyancy from the band's good-time feel and positive messageone which calls for abandonment of slacker ways and urges listeners down the road to self-enlightenment.
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