Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Lucid 8 "Idle Revolution" Track by Track Album Review


Normalcy Bias
Music: Andy Craddock, Lucid 8 
Lyrics:Jonny Craddock, Eddy Williams 

This song hooks you with a fantastic blend of electric guitar and piano. The drums are smashing. The vocals are smoky and raspy. The message conveys a sense of hope that we can overcome and fly higher rather than sell our souls for misery. Overall production is radio play quality.

“The Truth” 
Music: Jonny Craddock, Lucid 8 
Lyrics: Jonny Craddock

Intro has an ethereal tone that feels like it is reaching into another realm. Somewhat mystical in mood, then the strumming begins pulling you in deeper. As soon as you are hooked, the tempo increases and the drums come in. Very catchy tune, the first chorus is upbeat and ascending even though the lyrics express betrayal and the inability to be able to trust someone. The contrast makes it stand out in an edgy way. It is a great song about not accepting less than trust and honesty in any relationship.

The intro hooks you much like “Pop Goes the World” does. As the song picks up, the joy of the vocalist shines through. It is completely believable that he really is lucky. He is having such a good time that a listener cannot help but feel happy as well. Some of the simple phrases of the song, like having the radio on and driving down the highway really focus on the simple things in life that people can be grateful for. It is a sweet song. Great vocal tone and color, perfectly arranged and keeps a listener’s interest from beginning to end. The background vocals are great. They change it up just enough that they add the right flavor to this track.

“Dune Chick” 
Music:Iann L. Murray, Lucid 8 
Lyrics: Iann L. Murray

The sweetest part of this song is the chorus. The vocals of the lead singer really call attention to the lyrics at this point. The music is perfectly crafted and flows well with the lyrics creating a vocal painting. The listener can feel what rabbit kisses might have felt like. Vocalist expresses that emotion rather well. The drums are spot on, have good rhythm and tone. They really help pull the listener through the song.

This song just radiates with love from the very first note. The vocalist conveys his feelings as if he is experiencing all those positive emotions at that moment and we get a view into his soul. His vocals are smooth and inviting. The drums and guitar are perfectly arranged for this track. They keep the mood gentle, but push the point of the song, that there are tough things they may go through, that he will always be there, and wants to see them be successful. As an upbeat love song, this track really has the potential to be a hit. The music arrangement is great from beginning to end, and the background vocals add the perfect finishing touch to a really great song.

Attention grabbing intense electric guitar intro with drums following quickly. Anticipation builds naturally while waiting for the lyrics to begin. The vocalist has a great tone and color for the style of the song. The guitar starts to feel a little repetitive just as the drums come to the forefront, and then it suddenly changes, creating an even more pleasant experience for the senses. The mood changes whenever the guitar drops to more of a background position. The overall quality of the recording and mastering is at a professional level. This song would be well received in this genre and sounds like it is ready for radio play.

The Road
“The Road” 
Music: Eddy Williams, Lucid 8 
Lyrics: Eddy Williams

The intro has a very similar sound and feel to Firehouse’s Love of a Lifetime. It immediately creates a sensation of comfort and deep emotion. The vocals are rich and intriguing and are reminiscent of Ugly Kid Joe. The vocalist pulls the listener in, inviting them to listen to his story. You can feel that he appreciates that their love is hanging on even when he is gone on the road. The guitar and drums are perfectly crafted to support the mood and vocals in this song. The lyrics are memorable and the melody helps the song continue to be recalled long after listening to it. The harmony and background vocals are a great addition to the song when the chorus repeats. This song is definitely radio ready and has the potential of being a hit.

Only One
Upbeat intro that creates a great and happy mood. The vocals are crisp and clear. The drums and guitar are professionally recorded and keep the emotion of the song moving throughout the entire track. The harmony is perfectly timed and spot on. Great track to dance to. The bridge is crafted in a way that pulls the listener deeper into the song. The vocalist believably portrays his desire to make a woman the only one.

Lone electric guitar sprinkled with drums in the intro hooks the listener. As the drums become more consistent, the mood changes. The vocals create a calming sensation when they first enter. The dual vocals fill out the song, eliminating the sense of a competition between the instrumentation and the vocals. There is a sense of a battle taking place as the vocals and instrumentation wrestle into the foreground. The lyrics pop through the song at key places.

Idle Revolution

The drums starting off the song is brilliant crafting. It is interesting and makes a listener pay more attention. As the guitar comes in, the skill of the guitarist is clear. The lyrics get lost in the musical arrangement, but the song keeps the attention of the listener all the way to the end. A good raw, intense edgy song.

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