Album review: Vertical Horizon's 'Burning the Days'
There's craft here, to be sure: As a songwriter, frontman Matt Scannell knows precisely how to move between verses and choruses with the sense of inevitability that radio demands. He'd probably do great work in Nashville, penning tunes for artists with the charisma required to take a piece of material from page to stage. Indeed, Gary Allan had a big country hit in 2005 with his version of Vertical Horizon's "Best I Ever Had."
But craft rarely succeeds on its own, and too much of "Burning the Days" highlights the fine line between the universal and the flavorless. These dozen tracks virtually define the middle ground -- not too hard, not too soft; not too fast, not too slow; a little bit country, a little bit rock 'n' roll.
-- Mikael Wood
"Burning the Days"
One and a half stars