Release Date: Mar 1, 2011
Record label: Equal Vision
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Pop
Review Summary: Not even the harsh realities of daily life can force this band to deliver anything other than another warm, comforting collection of songs.Eisley’s music has always been the kind of thing that you could listen to after a hard day and almost immediately feel relaxed. Such is the power of the DuPree sisters’ voices and the lush, laid-back music that accompanies them. This has allowed their albums to consistently provide a pervasive atmosphere of uplifting serenity – an escape from the real world.
In his book Drops Like Stars, writer and emergent thinker Rob Bell looks at the connections between suffering and creativity, pain and art. Near the end of the book, he quotes sculptor Harriet March as saying “everything has meaning. I give it meaning. I reuse, reshape, recast all that goes wrong so that in the end nothing is wasted and nothing is without significance and nothing ceases to be precious to me”.
Written in the wake of several failed relationships -- a broken engagement for the eldest Eisley sibling, a divorce for the middle sister, and a split with Warner Bros. Records -- Eisley's third album features some unexpected dark moments. Much of the aggression comes from Sherri DuPree, whose marriage to New Found Glory's Chad Gilbert came to an abrupt halt after ten months.
When the DuPree siblings of Tyler scooched onto the national scene in 2003, their richly drawn narratives of fantastical critters rendered in broad, dramatic strokes approached some musical version of Lewis Carroll. The drama and first-class musicianship remain on The Valley, but its ethos is more Twilight than Pan's Labyrinth. Singers Sherri and Stacy, their voices having gained womanly contours over the years, front breakup songs informed by the group of twentysomethings' staggering array of broken marriages and engagements.