Vertical Horizon’s new album, “The Lost Mile”, feels as if Phil Collins was mixed and produced by Alan Parsons. The songwriting is unmistakably VH and the clarity of the mixes showcases their talent.
The album starts off soft for about a minute, and during that minute you can hardly wait for the chorus and it doesn’t disappoint. “I’m Gonna Save You” was certainly the right choice for the opening.”Written In The Stars” starts a little darker but the melody neutralizes it. The breakdown about 2/3 of the way In is sick! “Lighthouse” begins with a wispy precocious synth followed by a heavy electro kick! Again, a darker feel, until the chorus. Then the sound turns into today’s take on a Phil Collins song. “More” is a modern version of the classic VH track, with that Alan Parsons feel I was telling you about. The piano in “Out of the Blue” is nothing short of magnificent and Matt's local delivery is perfect. Nearly halfway in Ron, Donovan and Mark bring in the crescendo, and it's "everything you want" . “I’m Not Running” is a track we all need a little more of. If it’s about what I believe that it is; when the going gets tough you don’t run. (too many people quit when things become difficult, more specifically they quit each other.) The image that you get from “Now“ is perfect. “Sound like sunlight, rising from the middle of the ocean.“ “True Illusion” I feel is about hope; the believe in something despite the facts. Although “One Day“ is a fun poppy sounding song, I think the message is a hard pill to swallow. It’s a great song but I believe the message was that we all want that one day with all our loved ones that has passed on. (Gulp! -Truth) “Save Love” is probably the best ending they could’ve given to this album. It’s a combination of all of the emotions captured in The Lost Mile. Ideally, the message is, as long as we have each other we have everything we need. I do believe this was my favorite track off of this album.
If you Enjoyed this album here are some more of my favorite albums from Vertical Horizon.