There is no denying the sheer amount of copy-and-paste music out there. Despite having access to more instruments, more samples, and more studio gear than ever, it seems that for most, the true desire is to simply sound like another successful band; thankfully for the very talented Turning Virtue, this is not the case. Releasing their artistic, vulnerable, and inspiring album, A Temporary Human Experience, it clearly shows that Turning Virtue marches to the beat of their own drum.
Opening with the pointed and socially-aware track, aptly titled “Transcend”, Turning Virtue wastes no time taking you on an interesting journey that feels very personal and well thought out. As a fan of guitars that wail with emotion, it was nice to see this song take the time to embrace a Santana-esque guitar riff, along with some distortion and beautiful vocals to match. Although this song might feel better placed a bit further into the album, it does let you know quickly what you are in for.
“Box Of Disappointment” is a track that, well, doesn’t disappoint. It is as emotionally dark as the name suggests, but what is more unnerving is that this sounds like a different band completely. Sure, the moody vocals permeate the song itself, and the guitars are still a true star player, but this time everything has chosen a truly darker approach; and in many ways reminds me of something that the great Nikki Sixx would try. As one of my personal favorite songs on the album, I think that here is where Turning Virtue shines the brightest as a unique musical entity.
The final track titled “Salty Tears” is more of what we have come to expect from this great band, it is a solid song all the way through. Embracing a strong heavy dance between guitars and drums, the ballad-like vocals fit in in a perfect juxtaposition. Much like most of Turning Virtue's musical compositions, this song is a true journey that meanders down unexpected paths. If there is one thing, above all else, that will no doubt be the case, it is that Turning Virtue’s brave new album A Temporary Human Experience, is going to polarize the audience. This is a band you will either get or you won’t, and so it usually is when something this unique hits the market; and with that I am going to say that if you read a bad review of this band, I still highly suggest that you listen to them anyway, as they might just be your next favorite band.