Record Label: Independent
Genre: Hip Hop/Rap
Release Date: June 15, 2012
Somnous is a rapper/hip hop artist from Milwaukee Wisconsin His real name is Sean Rogers and has been writing music for a long time now. Postcards is a collaboration with The Cinema and also his début album.
First of all, I would like to thank the Somnous (Sean Roger) for giving me this album to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.
I don’t normally listen to rap or hip hop because I have such a hard time focusing on songs that generally have the same words and beat as all of the rest. But there are some exceptions like, Thrift Shop and Mercy that I have an insane need to listen to every time they play on my Ipod. This same urge happens to me when I listen to this album. Although it still has that same, typical rap façade going on in, Here We Go with too much repetition and the main topic rappers like to rap about in their music, there are still things that keeps Postcards by Somnous different from the rest.
I like the use of techno in songs as much as the next person but in, Here We Go, there’s so many different sounds that it’s almost impossible to focus on just one. Because of the different types of techno being used, instead of sounding like one song, it sounds like there are multiple songs playing at the same time, trying to get my attention. For songs like, Rearview and Take Your Places, there’s an echo that really takes away from the songs as well. It sounds all right in Beautiful but for some reason not in the other two. Another thing I don’t like about the album is that the songs have, for the most part, the same song structure and tone. Even though a couple of songs do have bridges, I wish that they were different.
What I love about this is that it’s not entirely directed towards one audience. The fact that Somnous decided to collaborate with The Cinema proves that not only rap and hip hop lovers will enjoy this. Many people will, like pop and indie lovers and maybe even people who like pop punk too. Another thing I enjoy is his voice. Most rappers speak extremely fast and sometimes incoherently which is not the case with Somnous. He raps and sings at a smooth pace that is understandable and enjoyable. The Cinema compliments the direction Somnous is going with. Leighton’s voice is opposite of Somnous’s and they both easily bring out each others’ voices especially in Beautiful where the duet is smooth and sweet.
Postcards by Somnous has a way of staying in your head even after you’ve changed the song. With my favourite songs being, Beautiful, and Somewhere, Someday, I would recommend this to anyone looking for something new and a bit different from the average rap scene.
Songs On The Album (Click on the title to listen to them!)
1. Beautiful (clean)
2. Here We Go*
3. Beautiful (explicit)-3:45
4. Take Your Places-4:01
6. Somehow, Someday-3:59
*Song couldn’t be found on YouTube. Sorry.