1. Aerial Love
2. We Are Golden
3. By Your Side
5. Too Many
6. Cool On Fire
12. Warm Hands
13. Going On 16
14. New York
15. Good Luck
Silverchair's frontman Daniel Johns' new album is finally out - a fusion of R&B, electronic, pop, and a tinge of soul.
Gone are the days of heavy metal, hard rock turned alt-rock, of head-banging riffs and basslines. Johns has been working on a new sound for several years, and Aerial Love, which released in 2014, showcased the fruits of his labour.
There are some D'angelo vibes in this record, even a little Frusciante (check out Preach). Overall, it's a stab into a new genre for Johns, and it's not a bad first attempt, although it isn't anything outstanding or entirely memorable. The production is okay. It's not mind-blowing, and neither is the instrumentation. In fact, I enjoyed the slower, stripped-down ballads more than the faster-paced ones.
Only one thing seems to poke itself out of the gloom, and it's Johns' vocals. It still carries the same weight and styling of the Young Modern era, and it's the only thing that led me to listen through this album.
Overall, the album doesn't feel cohesive enough to me, and I think a reshuffling of tracks is required, at least.
Mentionable tracks include: Aerial Love, Preach, Imagination, New York
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