Published Jan 06, 2016Long Islander Chris Beyer's first solo album, Distances, is a poppy yet hard-edged introduction to the artist who formerly played with For What It's Worth.
"Intro" sets the tone for the album, starting gently but building in intensity. Atmospheric synth leads into pounding bass drums and howling guitar lines, eventually fading into rocking "Sway." A sunnier sound is evident from the beginning of single "She's On Fire," as inquisitive guitar lines and an upbeat rhythm underlie Beyer's metaphors about a cold yet beautiful woman he can't help but be drawn to. Beyer shows off his talent for writing rhythmically dynamic songs, even when they're downtempo, on "Bad Luck." As the record comes to a close, there is a refreshing change in lyrical tone as Beyer's mood lifts due to him finding a partner who has relieved him of his ill temper.
Despite the inward-looking, often negative themes here, the songs on Distances are catchy, with enough texture and charm to set them apart from generic pop/rock. (Independent)