Album Review: Unearth by John Bassett

Unearth-Album-CoverUnearth by John Bassett

Record Label: Stereohead Records

Genre: Folk/ Alternative Rock

Release Date: March 31, 2014

Songs: 10

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John Bassett is a multi-instrumentalist, singer songwriter, producer primarily known for writing the music and producing the critically acclaimed albums of Progressive Rock act “KingBathmat”. He has so far released seven albums since 2003 and self released them through the record label Stereohead Records. This winter 2013/2014 will see the first release of an acoustic themed album under his own name.

First of all, I would like to thank the record label, Stereohead Records for giving me a copy of this album to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

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John Bassett has such a creepy voice. It’s smack in the middle of Patrick Watson and Copeland with his soft yet strong voice that reaches those high notes. Unearth starts off with such a unique style that, at first, might make listeners do a double take (I know I did!) and really listen to what music is playing around them. Nonetheless, I like this album. It’s great on its own but it also would be great in tv shows to give that emotional edge that Comedian has.

However, nothing is more disappointing than when an intense feeling starts to wear off. I love the haunting feel that comes during the beginning of each song, but somewhere in the middle, that effect wears off fairly quickly especially in Survival Rate, Tv is God, and Keep Dear. After this, the songs get a bit boring and repetitive.  Another thing that I have a problem with is that although all the songs are well done and go together nicely to make a coherent album, the songs sound a little too similar at times and makes it hard to distinguish each song from the other.

Still, I really like this record. Stay Away From the Dark reminds me so much of Kiss from a Rose by Seal just with the medial sound and the mood . Unearth is perfect. I absolutely love the overlapping vocals that give off an echoing effect as well as the creepy lyrics about sacrifices. I also love the guitar riffs, they’re simplistic yet memorizing in Unearth, Comedian, and Nothing Sacred. For an instrumental, Kylerhea is very well done. The guitar is brought out nicely but still doesn’t overpower the rest of the instruments like the soothing drums. The mood is so relaxing in this song, like a beautiful spring day.

Unearth should be called Unearthly haunting because I feel the need to watch as many beautifully done horror movies and tv shows as possible. Like Hannibal. Or something equally as elegant and odd. Off of this album, my favourite songs are: Stay Away from the Dark, Unearth, Kylerhea, and Comedian. I recommend this album to anyone who enjoys folk and alternative rock as well as some Patrick Watson.

3 Sexy Treble Clefs
3 Sexy Treble Clefs

Songs on the Album (Since this album isn’t out yet you can listen to Stay Away from the Dark as well as a the album trailer here.)

1. Stay Away from the Dark-4:35

2. Survival Rate

3. Nothing is Sacred

4. Unearth

5. Pantomime

6. Kylerhea

7. Tv is God

8. Keep Dear

9. Something that’s More Worthwhile

10. Comedian

Album Review:Say Hello by Alexander

Alexander- 'Say Hello'

Say Hello by Alexander

Record Label: I Am Mighty Records

Genre: pop/rock

Release Date: April 26, 2013

Songs: 8

Say Hello - Alexander

Hailing from Newcastle, Indie Rock 4 piece ‘Alexander’ are releasing their debut album ‘Say Hello’ in early 2013 on I Am Mighty Records. The band have been creating a buzz across the UK already. The first single ‘You Lost Youself’ taken from the record is out now, with a beautiful acoustic version of the song as a B-side. Taking influence from the likes of Jimmy Eat World, Futures and Two Door Cinema Club, ‘Alexander’ are bringing a punchy and appealing sound to the indie UK music scene.

First of all, I would like to thank the record label, I Am Mighty Records (More importantly, Dave) for giving me this album to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

(My Opinion)

There isn’t one word that can sum up a band like Alexander. For the past few hours, I’ve been thinking of a way to rate their album, Say Hello and decide what kind of audience this will appeal to. When I listened to this album for the first time, I was skeptical. I was expecting a band that didn’t exactly know what they wanted or where they were heading. But Alexander didn’t give me that, instead, they gave me the exact opposite. The album starts off with upbeat, catchy songs with, Say Hello and Maybe I Was Wrong then ends on a much softer note with, Old Fashioned Romance, leaving listeners in a daze of things that could have happened but didn’t. This is definitely an album to go buy!

One of my pet peeves for music is repetition. Of course, songs are supposed to repeat certain lines (the chorus of course). But I can’t stand it when songs are mostly just the same phrase repeated over and over again without a verse or something to break it up. Sadly, this is the case with, Find My Way Out, and Without A Parachute. For both songs, the title is just repeated over and over again. Also, the bass in most of the songs gets lost and is quite easy to forget about. I wish the band brought out the bass a little more to remind listeners that it is still there.

For as far as the good things about this album go, there’s a lot of personality in this. I can’t express just how much I love the guitar pieces in every one of these songs especially in, Find My Way Out. There is such a cool solo part in this one! Another thing I like about this album is how sweet it is. A Sweet Song has to be one of the sweetest songs I’ve ever heard. It has to be illegal not to fall in love with its lyrics about young love and life. The drummer knows his stuff! It’s interesting and different, drawing attention yet not overpowering the songs as a whole. I feel this way about all of the drumming parts especially in, Find My Way Out and You Lost Yourself. 

Say Hello by Alexander is not what I was expecting. But I’m glad that they surprised me with their sound. Their music doesn’t appeal to one set of listeners and not even one genre of music. I recommend this album to everyone who likes alternative rock and acoustic stuff mostly because these music lovers will enjoy it the most.   My favourite songs on Say Hello by Alexander are, A Sweet Song, Maybe I Was Wrong, Say Hello, and You Lost Yourself. Alexander has definitely showed the world what they’re about and only a sliver of what they’re capable of. Whatever they release next will hopefully be nothing less than amazing.

4 awesome Treble Clefs
4 awesome Treble Clefs

Sorry there isn’t links to all sings but there is an album teaser! Click Here.

Songs Of The Album

1. Say Hello

2. Maybe I Was Wong

3. You Lost Yourself

4. Find My Way Out

5. A Sweet Song

6. Vapour Trails

7. Without A Parachute

8. Old Fashioned Romance

I Opened My Heart To Caustic Things By Maycomb

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Record Label: I Am Mighty Records

Genre: Pop Punk

Release Date: November 29, 2012

Songs: 11 I Opened My Heart to Caustic Things - Maycomb

Maycomb is a melody driven pop-punk band, hailing from the West Midlands. Armed with a diverse, intricate, harmony focused sound, they’ve spent the past few years touring the UK, building a widespread and loyal fan base. After sharing stages with the likes of Saves The Day, The Wonder Years, and The Starting Line, the band are gearing up to release their long-awaited debut album,

“I Opened My Heart To Caustic Things”, on I Am Mighty Records at the tail end of 2012.

Album Sampler

(My Opinion)

First of all, I would like to thank the record label, I Am Mighty Records for giving me a copy of this album to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciated! All right, now for my review.

Maycomb is one of those bands that are up against the fence for me. I don’t dislike them. Yet, I don’t exactly like them either. I do like some of the songs and the Drummer does a good job keeping the songs interesting but I’m not a fan of the singing. It could have been done better and clearer. These guys obviously have a long way to go, but they have the potential to go far.

The singing doesn’t sound as good as it could, I think it can be brought out some more to sound clearer. Another thing I don’t like about this album is that even though I like the guitar and drum parts for the songs, they sound, for the most, part the same. Most of the songs have the same song structure and are hard to tell apart. I understand that love and relationships are very common topics for songs but I was expecting more meaning and different things to listen about.

One of the things I really like on albums are the solos. I Opened My Heart To Caustic Things has maybe a semi duet/solo thing going on in, Also Ran which I really enjoyed. I like that this album appeals to more than just the pop/punk group. Indie lovers will definitely like a few songs on here like, I Am A Constant Variable and Out Of Darkness Cometh Light. Maycomb really know how to choose their song titles! I love it! Start Missing Everybody is the sing that really caught my eye immediately because it sounds the most interesting. I Am Constantly A Variable, Sinking Song, Whatever Happens, Happens, and Out Of The Darkness Cometh Light are all titles that also caught my attention. Instead of going with simple titles, they went with titles that I guess have a secret meaning behind them that also lets the listeners use their imagination about what the song is about before listening to it. The lyrics for Old Gold and I am Constantly A Variable are some pretty awesome lyrics that I think a lot of people can relate to and that I feel the most attached to.

Overall, Maycomb’s first album is something that I would recommend for people looking for a new band that are a fan of The Wonder Years.There are flaws with this album but they have potential to become big. Currently, my favourite songs on this album are, Old Gold, I Am Constantly A Variable, Also Ran, and Start Missing Everybody. 

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Song Of The Day#36-Cut Me Out By Crowds

This band has a cool sound to them. They remind me of bands from like the 80’s or 90’s. Maybe that’s the reason I’ve been listening to this song everyday for the past week.

Crowds is a rock band from Leeds, UK. They are a three-man band formed in 2012. Currently, they have one EP out.

Cut Me Out is a song about wondering where someone was when you needed them and how it’s too late. They can’t help you now.

My favourite part is:

Where were you when they cut me out?

Where were you when they cut me down?

Where were you when they cut me out?

And I carry on running till they got to me, now you’re never gonna take that away from me.

 

You can get a FREE and LEGAL download (with lyrics) of this song here.

 

Song Of The Day#32-Big Plans By Natives

What I love about this band is that they have such a cool sound. I also like how the lead singer sounds like he has a mouth full of water in his mouth (which never fails to make me laugh). A great song about moving on with your life and having ‘big plans’ for the future.

Natives is a rock/pop band from The New Forest, Hampshire, UK. They formed in early 2012 and are a five-man band. This Island is their first EP which came out late July of this year.

Big Plans is a song about having big plans for yourself and freeing yourself from someone who won’t be happy for you at all.

My favourite part is:

There’s only so many empty promises I can take
‘Cause I’ve been fed all these lies
I’m questioning why I e even gave you the time of day
I’ve got big plans and I’m planning success
Can I trust you with all of that?
I’ve got big dreams, I’ve been dreaming of something
I know that I’m capable

You can listen to Big Plans by Natives here.

You can get a FREE and LEGAL download of Big Plans here.

Lyrics are here.