Vivid Nation – Open Your Mind Review

vivid nation open your mindOpen Your Mind is Vivid Nation’s debut mini-album and it is seven tracks of pure-and-simple melodic rock.

Opening with Policy, which has also been released as a single, it gets things off to a great start as it’s one of the strongest tracks of the mini album. With beautifully presented vocals and catchy melodic guitars, it’s certainly a memorable song for all the right reasons so it makes sense that it serves as both an opener and the first single because it gives a great impression of the band. It’s a song that can easily get stuck in your head you can’t help but sing along to it.

The mini-album continues on strongly, with great tracks such as Only Got Yourself To Blame and Time To Mend being two great inclusions, but the more you listen to it, the more you realise that there’s nothing that really sets this band apart from others within the same genre as them. The songs are good, there’s no questioning that, but it’s just your standard rock release with nothing really making them stand out from the crowd.

It closes with a slower, heartfelt piece entitled Cracks and the vocal performance from Rhys is passionate and emotional, complementing the acoustic guitars well. It’s a satisfying ending to an all-round great mini-album that highlights the potential that Vivid Nation have. This band could go far.

7/10

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Soundscape's editor, who is particularly fond of doom, black metal and folk (but will give anything a chance). Likes to travel to see bands abroad when she can. Contact: nathumphries@soundscapemagazine.com or @acidnat on twitter.

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