Framing Hanley - 'The Sum Of Who We Are' album review

By Chelsea Lewis ,
Author Rating: 
4.0 Stars - Very Good

Five years ago the hard rock band Framing Hanley released their cover of Lil' Wayne's "Lollipop," which helped the band break out into the mainstream. Since then, the band has been touring and working on new music. They have now released their latest album, The Sum Of Who We Are.

The Sum of Who We Are has the rock sound that fans have come to know from the group, including hard guitar riffs and an intense vocal range from Kenneth Nixon. It has a similar vibe to that of their 2007 debut, The Moment. This intense style of rock, which echoes the likes of Story of the Year and Taking Back Sunday, has not been heard for a while in popular mainstream rock songs.

The hard-hitting instruments help to fill out the aggressive and powerful tone that Nixon features on every track. From the opening track "Criminal" on, the band puts their hard rock sound up front and does not apologize for not fitting into the modern rock stream. What is impressive and stands out on The Sum of Who We Are is that as a group, the band has moved their sound into a new direction and they are willing to show some creative experimentation, while always staying true to their hard rock roots.

The Sum of Who We Are is targeting the fan that has come to know this rock style and is looking for new music in the genre. For anyone who doesn't like a hard hitting '90s rock style, this will not be the album for you.

Stand out tracks on the album include "Streetlights & Silhouettes," "Forever Till' The End" and "No Saving Me."



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