An alternative rock band from Texas, The Canvas Waiting’s new album Chasing Color is a pretty accurate title because they’re definitely still chasing something. Inspiration, perhaps. The album is a seven-song-long, melodramatic bore that sounds like the nondescript kind of soundtrack music you would find in a made-for-TV movie during the “break-up scene.” Ghosts is the only upbeat song on the album, but it’s lacklustre blur of anticlimactic (albeit competent) guitar playing doesn’t compensate for the rest of the album’s empty theatrics. Singer Nathan Medina belts out “I just do what I’m told” on the track Streets of Gold and it seems like he should stop taking advice from bands like Creed. Although The Canvas Waiting appears to possess all the technical skills necessary, the lack of passion and fluctuation make Chasing Color an album that will remain on the shelf.

Published in Volume 65, Number 16 of The Uniter (January 20, 2011)

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