ALBUM : WINGS OF THE WILD
ARTIST : DELTA GOODREM
GENRE : POP
DATE RELEASED : 2016
If this is your first time to listen to this Australian superstar, you would probably ask yourself “how come I never knew her before?” Well, the answer is that it goes to show how limited your musical exposure is. Let me start my review by telling you that his album is like magic; there lots of tricks that you will discover with this singer and songwriter. She gets writing credits (shared though) in most of the songs in this album.
Watch lyric video of “Feline” here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2n7ncpbQH4.
That is only the first trick. Her lyrics in many of the tracks in this album are basically about empowering and mind you quite intelligent not your usual “filler lyrics.” For example, in “Feline,” she did not say she’s like a cat but declare confidently that she is a feline and she is freeing herself from different kind of bondage and refused to be caged. It is indeed intelligent when you recognized your weaknesses and flaws before you declare that your wings are built to fly in “Wings.” It is quite right to ask if you are doing indeed right with life in “Dear Life.” It follows that you have a song about being there if your theme is about empowerment. This is what she is telling with “Just Call.” There is also a little bit of pragmatism on her part as she sings about some things are just the way it is in “In The Name of Love.”
It was indeed smart again of her to sing about being not broken but instead of directing it to one person; she directed it to people in general. “Enough” is a good song to bullshit people who wants to put you down or you have enough of their crap.In “Heavy,” she recollected the battles she fought and how she lost some and win some.
Watch “Only Human” here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lC8x8KwID4w.
In “Only Human,” she made quite a trick when she rhymed broken with human. Perhaps the line “how do you love when you’re broken; I’ve had enough I am only human,” is one of the saddest lines I’ve heard so far this year. The song “Preacher” might have a melody like a One Direction song, it shows that she can also tackle gospel genre. However, the lyrics of this song are so cliché.
Watch “The River ” here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YC8X52XdnzU.
Musically, she has a bag full of tricks too. In some songs, she sounded like Celine Dion especially in songs that demand her vocals should soar. It is another smart move on her part to infuse this album with upbeat melodies and beats to create greater impact especially her songs are all about empowerment. Listening to most of her songs in this album, will make one get out of bed and tackle life all over again after setbacks.
Watch “Dear Life” here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wPnGY5PlZY.
This is one of the most cohesive albums this year either musically or lyrically. There is no song in here that seems out of place. With that, I rate this record 4 stars.
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