Hailing from Saint Louis, Missouri, pop rock/funk artist Fundamental Elements puts forth this latest musical effort, This Moment EP. Featuring a strong rhythm section, FE is able to produce a sturdy variety between tracks. However, in the end, there is little that truly makes this record stand out.
The title track, "This Moment," is not musically or lyrically spectacular, but it properly sets up the rest of the album with its simple pop rock/funk sound. The EP's standout, "Sometimes," adds a bit of a techno/funk feel to the track listing and is easily the best display of the band's talent. With strong bass and guitar, "Superman," a cute, funk love song, is slightly cheesy at times, but provides a clear example of Fundamental Elements' common use of monotone vocals throughout verses.
"Standing In The Shadows" is an introspective song written from the eyes of those ignored by the general public (Now to the average man, you may just think of me less/And to the richest man, a tax deduction at best/And to the government I'm just a check on the first/Or just a soul to save, project for the local church). The piano driven blues ballad "You're Not Alone" is clearly the most faith-based track on the EP. It also best demonstrates the lead singer's talent and limits and definitely gives hope for continued vocal advancement in the future. This Moment's finale "How Do You Maintain?" contributes very little musically to the album, and comes across as filler, leading to an unremarkable conclusion.
There is overall a nice flow to the EP (excluding "How Do You Maintain?"), starting with a mellow funk song, the following three tracks gaining in power, and concluding with a slower, deeper track. Considering there are only 6 tracks, there is only a small amount of musical repetition between the songs. Although This Moment is a fun listen, there is also very little new ground gained for the genre.- Review date: 8/17/10, written by Sam Schaumberg of Jesusfreakhideout.com
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