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Marathon - 2001 The Year Of You
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Toffeepop
on July 11 2003, In 2001 Articles , 0 Comments , 1798 Reads , Print


MARATHON - THE YEAR OF YOU (2001, DUALTONE RECORDS)
Chuck Carrier - vocals, guitars
Dan Morris - guitars
Tim Turnbrow - bass
Mike Roberts - drums


Background
Atlanta rockers Marathon may comprise the quartet of Mike Roberts, Chuck Carrier, Tim Turnbow and Dan Morris, but with vocalist Carrier writing every song on debut album 'The Year of You', it's clear this is his band and also equally evident that he is a tremendous songwriter. Carrier started out as a solo artist and gained a support slot with Sister Hazel in 1996 before realising his songs could benefit from a full band sound. As a result 'The Year of You' retains the acoustic essence of his compositions, whilst flushing out the sound and creating edgy, infectious straight-ahead rock in the process.

The Songs
The song that could well catapult the band from obscurity is the quite superb 'Any Other Day', an incredibly catchy track reminiscent of bands like Far Too Jones, Toad The Wet Sprocket and Gin Blossoms, which bursts into life during the rocking, atmospheric chorus and refuses to leave your head for days on end thereafter. But there's plenty more besides this undoubted highlight to indicate Marathon have what it takes to make the step up from rock hopefuls to major-label material, such as the southern tinged 'Talk And Alcohol', with the Hammond organ that flavours much of the album put to particularly good effect. 'Stand Back' is another vibrant, rocking standout as is the poppy 'Rotate'. Carrier's versatility as a songwriter in the Glen Phillips/Rob Thomas mould is in evidence on the mid-paced semi-acoustic musings of 'Come Home', a tune that grows in stature with every listen; the part live, part studio storytelling of 'Gambler's Greed', which impresses with it's gorgeous melody and compelling lyrics; and the one track carried over from Carrier's solo days, the impressive 'Better Things Than I'. The lyrical themes are occasionally a little too abstract, and along with the haunting title track, the wholly acoustic '14 Days' is another melancholy tale of broken relationships, yet in Carrier's capable hands these tunes remain nothing less than captivating.

In Summary
Modern and edgy, whilst undeniably commercial and melodic, 'The Year of You' demonstrates Marathon have talent and ability in spades. Riding on the coat-tails of recently successful bands like Train and Matchbox 20, the band have arrived in the right musical climate, and with an album as good as this, they certainly have given themselves a fighting chance to succeed. How apt the band's name is, because something tells me Marathon are in for the long run.

URL: www.marathonband.com

Track Listing:
01 Delicately Mine
02 Rotate
03 Come Home
04 Talk & Alcohol
05 Any Other Day
06 Better Things Than I
07 Gambler's Greed
08 Year Of You
09 Stand Back
10 Juliet
11 Leave You Here
12 14 Days

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