ALBUM TITLE : FEELS LIKE A NEW MORNING
ARTIST : THE BLOW MONKEYS
GENRE : POP
DATE RELEASED : 2013
“Oh my love what a fool “Ive been,” a line from the first song of this album taken from the song “Oh My.” However, this album will not make listeners utter this line and instead they will be delighted to have discovered this 2013 album of 80’s band The Blow Monkeys. If you are familiar with this group, you knew that this band is a hit or miss pop artist. In some ways, this band delivered classic albums like “Whoops! There Goes The Neighborhood” and also produced 80’s classics like “Digging Your Scene.” Thus, you would expect that this record will exploit the glories they left behind at the peak of their career.
Watch “Feels Like A New Morning” video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9C1od6unfs
Yes, The Blow Monkeys also tanked with two or more albums such as “Springtime For The World.” This hit or miss fortunately is not evident in this record except for one or two tracks in this album. Considering that there are only ten songs, two out of ten not so tolerable tracks is indeed a good thing. It is such a delight to listen and realized that Dr. Roberts and the rest of the band did not lose their magic in terms of delivering songs that merge pop, latin, dance, and light rock.
Watch “Oh My” official video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAVHPwBG_gY
The first track is a familiar territory for The Blow Monkeys fans as this type of song was already in Springtime For The World and indeed, the band mature and they produce a track with Latin Tropical flavor that is not so irritating. Other good tracks are “Chained” which is probably a homage to nineties rock, “Feels Like A New Morning” sounded so fresh and reminds listeners of their minor hit “It Pays To Belong.” There is an element of surprise in “Said Too Much” as it feels like a Violent Femmes track.
Watch “Chained” YouTube video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pSciq31vrA
The most pop track in this album is “Icarus In Flames” as it has familiar musical structure like that of “Stand By Me” by B. B.King and “Sunshine” by Gabrielle. In “Shake It Up,” the band created a song that is as contemporary as today’s radio friendly song, prompting listeners to conclude that this band does not sound so dated after all. The last track of this album “Hold Everything Dear” is quite hypnotic as the drums and acapella musical arrangement is quite new for the fans of Blow Monkeys. It is so good that at less then 3 minutes song, listeners will clamor for more from this song.
This album deserve a 4 stars rating and a wish that Blow Monkeys will continue to produce records.
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