Saturday, September 04, 2010

Album Review: Example - Won't Go Quietly (3/5)

UK rapper Example landed his first set of hits last year and earlier this year with “Watch the Sun Come Up,” “Won't Go Quietly” and recently “Kickstarts” all synth-heavy dancefloor fillers; a pretty clear indication to what his second album would have in store. Won't Go Quietly. if anything is one to be put to heavy rotation for the clubs as like its first three singles, is crammed with trancy dance, synth and bass-heavy club bangers.

“From Space” is a edgy rock-studded opener, for the first half anyway, before picking up with a progressive stuttering synth-dance production for the second—setting up the platform for both “Won't Go Quietly” and the re-worked version of “Watch the Sun Come Up;” this version has heavier drums and synths. Slowing down the pace but cranking up the synths is the melodic '80s dance-pop studded “Time Machine,” almost re-calling the same dance-pop production Calvin Harris is known for.

“Something in the Water,” reigns in the excitement—taking away the syths; rapping over a typical British garage rap beat—although that doesn't last long as following is “Last Ones Standing” upping the loud synths, dance-beats and heavy bass lines—sounds like it'll be a single soon (I'm writing this on holiday so I'm clueless wether It's already a single or not). Another single cotender is “Millionaires” which is a fine change-up in sound; a more restraint light poppy love song with sappy lyrics (“I should be raising the bar high avoiding the bar low, I'll write you a million songs as if I was Barlow”).

Poignant piano keys begin “Two Lives,” before the heavy beats kick in; it has a very enticing hook and a catchy chorus which ultimately seems like same recycled dance-pop productions from previous songs at this point. After the psychedelic dance beats of “Kickstarts,” the throbbing vibrating bass lines of “Sick Note” follows.

The album begins to sag a lot towards the end—I'm sure it'll be good to dance to in the clubs but as a listener throwaway dance-tracks with no melody like “Dirty Face,” “Hooligans,” “See the Sea” just seem like filler, although I did enjoy the dub-step sound in “Hooligans.” Surprsingly the album concludes with a ballad “Won't Believe the Fools”—it's progressive and still very much bass-heavy but it's slow so I guess it qualifies as a ballad.

Like most pop albums, Won't Go Quietly starts of pretty good then starts to sag towards it second half, it's nowhere near consistent or cohesive enough to be a solid dance record which is a disappointment as it had the potential to be as it's starts of so well.

Best: Won't Go Quietly, Kickstarts, Watch the Sun Come Up, Time Machine, Last Ones Standing

1 comment:

Paul said...

it's an interesting, enjoyable album. not my favourite this year, but entirely pleasant.