ALBUM REVIEW : COMING UP FOR AIR
ARTIST : KODALINE
GENRE : POP / ROCK
DATE RELEASED : 2015
Even if the band would have called this album Coming Up Roses, the album title is still appropriate. Yes, Coming Up For Air is a good album name that is you based it on the first song in the album “Honest.” There is a certain degree of familiarity in terms of musical output for this band. First, is the voice and the sound is not unique, you heard this kind of music and vocal performance in many rock bands that came before them. However, it is a good thing that the first song did not drown in instruments thus you actually listened to the words the band is singing is all about.
Second, if you are expecting bubblegum rock here like similar to that of 5 Seconds of Summer, then you will probably be disappointed. While this band borders between pop and rock, it is a good thing that you can still feel old school rock music in here. Some of their music is like a reworking of 90’s rock but with an 80’s twist thus, you might think that some songs in here are old songs from Gary Numan. This kind of element is also evident in “Unclear” where they opted to be Pink Floyd like or Mike and the Mechanics where the song used a choir effectively like what Mike did with “The Living Years.”
Third, the band did not overplay the wailing element; there is just right mix of falsetto voices instead of the usual grunting, screaming, and yelling most rocks song are embedded with. They must have been inspired with Green Day in this kind of characteristics when it comes to rock song and this is evident vocally in the song “Lost.” And they went for Radiohead element with “Better,” it is like listening to “Fake Plastic Tree.”
“Play The Game” proved that they can create their own musical style instead of fusing different styles of rock music. As a whole I was able to finish listening to the whole record without using the forward button on my player. This is a good indication and with that I rate this record 3.5 stars out of 5 stars.
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