Review Date: 10/20/2014
Review By: Angel Journey
Release Date: 10/14/2014
Rating: (7.5 / 10)
Out with their fifth studio album, Canadian trio Manic Drive recently released VIP. The band is made up of vocalist, guitarist and keyboardist Shawn Cavallo, lead guitarist Michael Cavallo, and drummer Anthony Moreino. It has been three years since the band’s previous release of critically acclaimed EPIC. For this album, Manic Drive raised funds from fans via pledgemusic and worked with producers Oh, Hush! (Cee Lo, Jamie Grace) and Nick Baumhardt (Stellar Kart, Britt Nicole). The project features a couple of extremely talented guest spots and a ton of the power-pop energy that fans have come to love.
Opening the record is “Electric,” and living up to the name it is full of synthetic grooves, skillfully placed auto-tune, and carries a strong Daft Punk vibe. While using the analogy of love and electricity is not anything new, this piece brings a fresh take on it, sharing that God’s love can “resuscitate what’s been defeated, break the circuit to complete it.” Featuring the great Trevor McNevan of TFK, dance-tastic beats, and an inspiring message, this song sets a great tone for the album. Keeping things funky is “VIP,” featuring Manwell Reyes of Group 1 Crew. This track brings tons of energy to back up the encouragement that we are all unique, purposed people. “Get up, like you’re one in a million. Get up, like a diamond you’re brilliant.” Throughout the record, “Good News” and “Rhythm” continue the dynamic, upbeat grooves.