This post is going to be a little bit of a cheat. The album I’m going to write about is one that I’ve already listened to, but only because I literally could not wait. I have a feeling it won’t matter for the review, though. There are many more feelings to be felt. This band means a lot to me, I’m not going to lie to you. They came into my life at a really weird, rough transitional period. So many things were going on that I couldn’t control or handle and I had their debut record to keep me above water. There were many days I blared Say No to the World so loudly in my car that it literally hurt my ear drums. I would say they’re one of my top five favorite bands, if not my second favorite band. If you haven’t heard them, this is the perfect time. Ladies and gentlemen, the new album I’m a UFO in This City by LostAlone.
The band kicks the album off with Obey the Rules you Lose, a short-sweet-to-the-point intro that sets the pace for the rest of the record. The music crescendos until it explodes over Steven’s vocals, leaving you wanting more and more.
Love Will Eat You Alive follows quickly behind. This is the second single and one of my favorite tracks on the album. This band has a way of operating so smoothly together that you’d swear they were one unit. This song has an element to it that I’m not used to coming from this band and I can’t quite pinpoint it. It’s airy while staying dense in the guitar section – if that makes any sense. There’s also a great group vocals section near the end of this song that I’m sure would be incredible live.
The guitar work in Uforia (The Dark) is insane and completely blew my mind the first time I heard it. I should also mention that on top of musical genius, this band writes some awesome lyrics – Lost in the world trying to find out who we are. We’ve evolved to the point where we know that we’re a lie, but we still play the part of a lost child in the dark, trying to find our way home.
A couple of the tracks on the album are slower tracks, but the shining star is Orchestra of Breathing. The guitars are soothing and the drums feel like they’re rocking you to a sound sleep. I love when bands mix things up and throw something like this in. It’s truly a beautiful song.
Do You Get What You Pray For? was the first song to be released off of the album. It is a strong force-to-be-reckoned with pure rock song. I knew this album would be solid when this was the first track I heard. All of the instruments go so hard that it’s difficult to not blow your speakers up trying to compete. Please listen to this one at a ridiculous volume level.
The regular version of the disc wraps up with my absolute favorite track, The Downside of Heaven is the Upside of Hell. There’s a haunting female voice that joins in on this track, making the harsh bass lines cancel out and lend fully to the tone of the song. While it isn’t as hard of a rock song as Do You Get What You Pray For?, this track holds its own with some thrashing rhythms and intense vocals. At six minutes and thirteen seconds, this is also the longest song on the album.
Since I bought the deluxe edition on iTunes, I’ll go ahead and say that the four bonus tracks you’ll get are no less perfect than the rest of the record. Sometimes bonus tracks are hit or miss, but not with this band. With the deluxe edition, you also get two music videos. Are you sold yet?
This has to be one of the most unique bands I’ve heard in years. Their sound is something that is theirs and theirs alone. I’m not sure if it comes from the workings of the guitars against the other instruments, or if it’s the vocals having a different characteristic, or if it’s the thrumming and thriving drums, but this band gets it done. This album is out of this world and you won’t be sorry that you’ve spent some time listening to them. It really is worth the buy. I’m also hoping that this album will help this amazing band garner the support and fan base that they deserve.
The Downside of Heaven is the Upside of Hell (track 11)
Uforia (The Dark) (track 4)
Love Will Eat You Alive (track 2)