Album review of Eyes On The Highway (Nordjyske Stiftstidende)

Difficult to hold down

It’s filled with angels, daydreams, desperation, yes heaven and hell on Saybias 3rd story “Eyes On The Highway”.

There is nothing wrong with that. But the big emotions take shapes as clichés in Søren Huus’ suffering vocal and then the effects ends like eating 100 marshmallows and a Coke: It’s difficult to hold down.

Annoying. Behind the pompousness often hides fine felled melodies, which clearly shows, that the band has grown enormously as songwriters, since they crashed through in 2001.

Saybia hits the balance between steady Patos and a prog-rocking primal scream in “Godspeed Into The Future”, which would get even Muse to tune in. Here are the boys both concerned and sharp.

The somber “A Way Out” also manages separate a earthbound fear with a heavenly chorus, which is so over-the-top, that it actually works, before the acoustic “A Walk In The Park” lands softly towards the end, and do not only deliver a space to breathe, but also give room to hear what Saybia actually have on their Heart.

Sadly it happens to rarely on ”Eyes On The Highway”, where the messages often gets overrun and lost in the hunt for big words.

Actually one easily gets the heretic thought, that where Huus’s beautiful wailing-song before were Saybias biggest asset, it’s now that, with the bit tedious lyrics, sets the limitations for the ongoing development.

Perhaps it’s soon time to try in Danish?

Rating

3 out of 6

Author

Rasmus Hougaard (Nordjyske Stiftstidende)

Original Danish version
Svær at holde nede

Der er fyldt med engle, dagdrømme, desperation, ja himmel og helvede på Saybias tredje epos, Eyes on the Highway.

Det er der som sådan ikke noget galt i. Men de store følelser tager form som klicheer i Søren Huss&’ lidende vokal, og så bliver effekten den samme som at spise to bakker flødeboller og skylle efter med en cola: Det er svært at holde nede.

Ærgerligt. For bag svulstigheden gemmer sig ofte fint fornemmede melodier, der tydeligt viser, at bandet er vokset kolossalt som sangskrivere, siden de bragede igennem i 2001.

I den flerdelte Godspeed Into the Future rammer Saybia balancen mellem afdæmpet patos og et progrockende primalskrig, der ville få selv Muse til at tune ind. Her er drengene både vedkommende og skarpe i stemningsmætningen.

Den dystre A Way Out formår også at kontrastere jordbunden angst med et overjordisk omkvæd, der er så over-the-top, at det netop fungerer, før den akustiske og swingende A Walk In The Park, lander blødt mod slutningen og leverer ikke bare et åndehul, men også giver plads til at høre, hvad Saybia egentlig har på hjerte.

Det sker desværre for sjældent på Eyes on the Highway, hvor budskaberne som oftest bliver overdøvet og tabt i jagten på store ord.

Faktisk får man let den kætterske tanke, at hvor Huss’ flotte klagesang var Saybias største aktiv i begyndelsen, er det nu den og de lidt flommede tekster, der sætter begrænsninger for den videre udvikling.

Måske er tiden snart inde til at prøve sig af på dansk?

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