**** It's so easy to say this, but this is very synth-heavy. Sometimes it makes for some great moments such as 'Closure' and 'Diamonds In Her Eyes' but I really do wish there was a bit more guitar (like 'Faces' and 'Raiders'). Eh, it is what it is and it's great to finally have an album. I probably think I'll need to listen to this a number of times from start to finish to really appreciate more, because it can get a bit samey at times. What's important is that I like it. Last edited: 09/10/2013 14:48
**** I also like it. I think she has a very lovely voice and the general sound of her songs are pleasant, but what really makes this album work for me is the subtle musical differences between the songs. Closure and Nightswim are the highlights for me but there isn't a track I dislike.
***** This is a big one for me. 2011 was a big splash of excitement when the "Raiders" and "Faces" EPs caught my ears. But that wasn't enough, I needed more. And in the 12 months following, got 3 tracks. Possibly a letdown, but they bridge a significant gap between those two EPs and this album.
And the direction change is an interesting thing. Is it a logical progression from the previous work? A sign of wanting to dabble into different territory? Or an attempt to distance away from the awful sounding American band who have the same name and derive the majority of their 'popularity' from it? It shouldn't really matter anyhow as long as the music's good, right?
It is. The main draw for me in the first place was her voice, with the way that she can command attention, while simultaneously not giving off an annoying penchant for overdoing it. And not to mention just sounding delightful. However as per the the sonic alignment of this album, this isn't always on display. This could be problematic, however the voice alone does not make the album, and thus I'd be in the wrong to stop at just that.
One of my favourite things about this album is the production, it sounds impeccable at times. Adding to that, ever since being led by 3D platformers in the late '90s, I've found myself addicted to the use of mellotron synths to emulate some sort of underwater feel to it. It's very captivating and clever in line with the theme of the album. I don't think I would like it quite as much otherwise.
I've always thought that Brooke has a great way with melody, and it still shows up here, but at the same time I think that what does let the album down at times is the hooks. The repetition in songs like "Hurricane" seems forced and lets it down a little. However shortly around halfway into the album this can be brushed off as a non-issue for the remainder. In fact there's a good trend with most of the best tracks pushed near the end of the tracklisting. It's possibly strategic but it certainly works; I will be surprised if another album can take the honour of being my most played for this year.
And yep, I enjoy this album immensely. It may not be what I came in for, but it's hard to argue with the end product. And now I wait with baited breath for the next venture. I'm sure it'll be great :)