Despite having a solid foundation in funk and feel-good rock 'n' roll, Walking to a New Light ultimately fails to leave anything behind that is overtly original or catchy. Each track feels like I've heard it before, in one genre or another, because if there's anything to be said about Red Sea: musically, they're all over the place.
"Another Day in Seattle," for example, opens with a beat reminiscent of "Dani California" before melding into something that Bad Religion might have released in another life. The bass line is addicting, i'll admit, but it's the random first break in the chorus that plays like an Americanized three-second clip from TV show "The Misfits." The cherry on top, however, is the oddly placed guitar line which is literally the melody from "Come As You Are." Now, yes, the song mentions Kurt Cobain in the chorus, but still -- it truly feels like 3:31 of someone else's music. The opening track, "Stars," is definitely the best on the album but still just leaves me cringing in my seat: it's an upbeat piano-driven power ballad with a Collective Soul aftertaste. Nothing to write home about.
While there's a lot to adore -- vocalist Sergey Podlazov has the type of voice I tend to get hooked on and bassist Sasha Livshin could play a solid 75% of bassists under the table -- I'm ultimately left with a stale taste in my mouth. Not because it's sappy, or even poorly written, but because it doesn't feel new or even remotely fresh. It's pieces of other bands, rearranged and glued back together. And that, above all else, leaves me feeling empty.