ALBUM : HIGHER
ARTIST : ALICE ON THE ROOF
GENRE : POP / EDM / AMBIENT
DATE RELEASED : 2016
And you think you have had enough of music coming from Lana del Rey, Birdy, and Ingrid Michaelson, think again, as their kind of music is quite safer to tackle. Not all girls can be as tenacious as Madonna and still fighting after more than 30 years in the business. Not every ladies out there can be as aggressive as Beyonce to override the tag as overrated artist. And of course, not all young female performers can be as thick skin as Lady Gaga to claim pop royalty. Thus, trying to wade middle of the road and just keep on producing songs that hopefully will stand the test of time is the safest thing to do right now.
Sing along to the lyric video of MYSTERY LIGHT here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnDvcgffNbw
Fortunately, Alice On The Roof might sound like ambient and chilling, it doesn’t mean that listening to this record is as boring as drinking alone. For example in “Let Me Down,” you have already heard the lyrics “I wanna go higher” in Stereo MC’s “Elevate My Mind.” But in her song, you have these lyrics not as an invitation to get up in trance but to motivate one self. In “Easy Come and Easy Go” you have a track that will remind you of just how good eighties music; think of this song as “Clouds Across The Moon” from The Rah Band with faster beat.
Listen to audio track of EASY COME AND EASY GO here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8GEVCnMd_g
Even if she was doing performing with piano as a background “On The Roof,” , you will still find her more enchanting than Lana del Rey whose smoky vocals will bore you after listening to several tracks of hers. Even in crafting lyrics to this album, Alice On The Roof is quite intelligent and only sensitive individuals can make a comparison of a broken relationship with the game Monopoly. And talking of lyrics, it seems that you will find Alice On The Roof not a talker as most of her songs are quite limited as she keeps on repeating her verses throughout the songs such as in the song “Lucky You.” But the track is pulsating, the drum beat is and the musical structure is like Everything But The Girl’s “ Missing.” The Todd Terry remix. The song “Sound of A Drums lacks the sound of a strong sound which could have made the song more upbeat and be a dance staple in dance clubs.
Watch LUCKY YOU video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdY6y7alwSY
As a whole, the album is more than worth of your time listening to it. There is a certain charm that it will make you want to listen to the whole album. And surprisingly, you will discover that you haven’t press the forward button of your music player. I rate this record 3.0 stars because it is worth listening not because it is an artpop album.
1 stars = Ignore it
2 stars = risk it
3 stars = borrow or buy it
4 stars = buy it and keep it
5 stars = buy, keep, and treasure it