ALBUM REVIEW        :        WHEN I WAS YOUNGER

ARTIST                    :        COLONY HOUSE

GENRE                    :        POP / ROCK

DATE RELEASED       :        2014

Colony house is an American indie band and this is their first album which peaked at number 154 in Billboard 200 chart.  The chart ranking suggested that the album was not well promoted which is a pity considering that this is a respectable effort.  Or music fans did not llike what the band offered in this album.  Here are the reasons why music fans or rock fans for that matter decided not to buy the album other than it was not well promoted:

  • Some listeners might find the songs quite dated as most of the songs are quite 80ish.
  • The name of the band can be construed as a hip hop artist instead of white rock performers.

It is a pity indeed considering that even though the album sounds dated (which is probably intentional), there are several songs worth your listening ear.  “Roll With The Punches” sounds like a recording from Pink Floyd “Another Brick on The Wall” album.  “Caught by Surprise” is beautifully structured merging China Crisis like vocals with Suede like musical arrangement.  “Keep on Keeping” is a song that you might like if Robbie Williams finally decided to go full rock.  “Waiting For My Time To Come” is very Beck and David Gray in terms of musical treatment and lyrics.  “Won’t Give Up” is an acoustic song and it proves that the band do have talent.  “Glorious” had a nice drum intro and feels like it is another anthemic song.

“I Had To Grow Up” is an interesting song title; very Bob Dylan.  Unfortunately, it is a segue music leading towards the final song which is “Lose Control.”  This goes to show that Colony House knows how to surprise listeners and this is indeed a surprising debut album; good melodies and intelligent lyrics.  I rate this record 3.5 stars out 5 stars.

Ratings Description:

1 star = Ignore it

2 stars= risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 = buy, keep, and treasure it

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