Favorite

Redlands: Are You Breathing? (Self-Released) 

The first few seconds of Redlands' second full-length album are somewhat surprising: Fast electric guitars and drums start to kick up dust and an upbeat country-rock rhythm. It doesn't exactly sound like the sad, sleepy Redlands of yesteryear.

Of course, this is surprising in a good way; all of Are You Breathing? is smoother, happier and just plain bigger than The Water's Rising, the band's 2006 album. Are You Breathing? is Redlands' first album recorded as a group collaboration, and the teamwork echoes in every note.

Singer-songwriter Daniel Thrall's emotive vocals and lyricism are still present, but in slightly different shades; on "Burn the Bridge," it's a devil-may-care attitude toward responsibility, and on "A Someday," it's giddy optimism ("there's a someday for us, someday soon to come"). Pop hooks abound, even on the more contemplative tracks; the combination of the darker side of Redlands with the thicker guitars and fuller production makes for much more powerful songs. On "Mercy Core," lines like "outside on the city streets, chaos makes me wanna stay inside" combine with a downright giddy riff, and then the chorus escalates into pure pop bliss, complete with a burning electric guitar hook, backing vocals and a slight key change at the end of it all.

Truth be told, all of the choruses on Are You Breathing? are pure pop bliss, even on the sadder, sleepier tracks.

More by Annie Holub

Comments (5)

Showing 1-5 of 5

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-5 of 5

Add a comment

Latest in Rhythm & Views

  • Rhythm & Views

    American Monoxide “In Flight Mode” (People In A Position To Know)
    • Dec 18, 2014
  • Rhythm & Views

    Wight Lhite “Beyond the Satellites” (Paisley Shirt Records)
    • Dec 11, 2014
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • Standing Tall: Jillian and The Giants

    Jillian and The Giants’ smoky debut rises on folk, soul and rock and fishes flying in airplanes
    • Sep 22, 2016
  • HOCO Delights

    Y La Bamba bring it to Tucson as part of the HOCO four-day music love fest
    • Sep 1, 2016
  • More »

Facebook Activity

© 2016 Tucson Weekly | 7225 Mona Lisa Rd. Ste. 125, Tucson AZ 85741 | (520) 797-4384 | Powered by Foundation