That’s about it. But, just because that’s all they have in common with one of the greatest alternative rock bands of all time doesn’t mean that alt-J isn’t special.In fact, the first time I listened to This Is All Yours, I was pleasantly surprised. The first thing that pulled me in was the album artwork, which like An Awesome Wave’s album cover, didn’t say the band’s name or the album’s name on it. The album cover reminds me of simply an abstract painting on a canvas, with purple, blue, red, green, and yellow paint brush strokes. It’s simple, but the bright and vibrant colors pull you in, which I think is a really cool thing to master.
This Is All Yours opens with a track appropriately titled Intro. Their first album An Awesome Wave also starts with a track called Intro, so obviously we’re seeing a trend here. Alt-J’s albums tend to tell a story through their music, and it’s easy to tell that they are making a story through their song titles. The second track is titled Arrival In Nara, and the third is titled Nara, so whatever or wherever Nara is, it’s a key part of the album. Arrival In Nara is full on mellow, quiet piano and then lead singer Joe Newman’s quiet and soothing voice comes in about two minutes in the song. The next song, Nara, starts to build things up a bit. The momentum of the album increases with each song, which adds to the feeling of it telling a story.
The fifth track, Left Hand Free, is definitely one of my favorites off the whole album. It speeds things up with bluesy guitar chords and vocals, which isn’t usually alt-J’s style. People tend to be scared when an artist moves away from their usual sound, but Left Hand Free incorporates Newman's distinct vocals and some signature alt-J electronic influences to make the song a recognizable alt-J song.
The most interesting track on the album is without a doubt Bloodflood Pt. II. An Awesome Wave has the song titled Bloodflood. Bloodflood Pt. II is essentially the same song, yet it’s a totally different song at the same time, with just different music in the background and a few lyric changes. It’s incredible how they were able use the same lyrics to make two completely different sounding songs, on different albums. Bloodflood Pt. II starts out with a quiet piano intro, like most alt-J songs, then erupts into a beautiful, chilling, powerful masterpiece of a song.
This Is All Yours is overall an incredible album. If you liked An Awesome Wave, you’ll love this one. If you love any music, you’ll probably love this album because it’s just that great. Comment with any suggestions for a review you may have!
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