Verbow has allowed all to examine a small piece of their new album, White Out, with the New History EP. The band has echoes of R.E.M. in their style, and a bit of Moody Blues string effect in the mix, while maintaining a fresh vibrant sound that is very much their own signature. This is the element that makes their music so charismatic; it is the heart and soul that is so clearly presented in the overall presentation of their material. New History is pure rock & roll music at it's finest and Verbow uses many nuances as well-crafted hooks to capture the listener's ear. Some electronic splash is in the mix, but only enough for effect, never taking away from the contagious melody. The use of strings as a nuance adds a classic rock flavor, while the doo wop vocals create a pleasant balance to the heavy rock beat. The psychedelic effect that is broken off by an acoustic presentation is short, but creates a tremendous impression in variance. New History is a solid piece that shows true creative genius. A very rhythmic rock focus is the root to the solid presentation of "Ambulance." The creative tight changes layered with multiple intricate melodic heights make this song a fascinating musical adventure. The strings are a momentous element in the magnetism of "Ambulance." The vocals display great force and range in the artist while maintaining a steadfast fluidity in the forward flow of the melody. There is a live presentation of "Holiday" on the EP, which appeared on the Chronicles album. The sound quality is excellent, which enhances the effect on those that hear the live side of this amazing band. "Holiday (Live Version)" has a chronic melody that adds to the powerful attraction factor. The crowd at the presentation certainly shows their appreciation for the band, as any listener will understand after experiencing the charisma of this talented group of musicians. While there are only three tracks on the EP, one will be amazed with the amount of energy and entertainment enveloped in the package.
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AllMusic Review by Larry Belanger