Monday, August 6, 2012

Monday album review: I Will Never be the Same

If you enjoy techy rock music, then the latest album by I Will Never be the Same should catch your fancy.  This is a superb album from start to finish. The sound is in some ways similar to what you would hear from Nine Inch Nails except without the screechy, half-screamed vocals.

The singer of I Will Never be the Same has a unique voice that is very smooth and melodic.  Some of the vocal melodies you hear in this album seem off, but that is part of the music and should be judged as such.  The vocals here are not sing-song-ish but are catchy enough to induce compulsory singing along.

As with most electronic music, there is alot going on in this release.  There are simulated rock guitars and techno-ish drum sections layered over a cacophony of melodic disorder created from either more than one keyboard or a database of thousands of samples, each placed in its right place.  Some sections are what we call weedily-deedily, or noodly, while other sounds take standard keyboard notes and loop them to create a stunning audio effect.  Another element this album employs is a single beat sound reproduced numerous times in order to create an effect that sounds like a scratched disc.  The melodies are catchy and groovy at the same time, yet are diverse enough to keep listners engaged through repeated listens.

This album is very much rock-centered, but is heavy on the simulated electronic sounds.  It is interesting, to say the least, but enjoyable even if you are not a fan of the electronica genre.

If you understand electronic music well enough, you'll know that writing about it presents another challenge, as most of the sounds within music are not what you'd find in any other genre of music.

"Tornadoes" will sweep you off your feet.  It certainly blew us away and earns a solid 4.6 out of 5 stars.  Take a listen below.

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