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By Brian Ossip, D.C. Music Live
When was the last time you put an album on and it instantly made you feel happy? Put a smile on your face and made you want to dance? If it’s been a while, then be sure to check out the new album from Bravenoise, Everything Was And Everything Will Be.
The Baltimore/D.C.- based trio combine a modern pop-rock sound with tinges of reggae, Caribbean, and even a touch of classic rock. Their songs feature catchy hooks, steady grooves, and moving arrangements that are sure to get you dancing.
The album kicks off with “Roads,” a song that has an upbeat sound that immediately sets the tone for the rest of the album. A reggae vibe from the guitars instantly makes your head bob and your feet tap to the rhythm. The music is at times reminiscent of the John Butler Trio, and the vocals will remind the listener of Sting, The Police’s legendary singer.
“Roads,” like the rest of the album that follows, has a catchy chorus that is guaranteed to stick in your head for days, with the line “I have walked a million roads in my time / Slept out in the cold for a while.”
The album speeds up a bit with “Night of Pleasure,” which starts with a fast, intense beat from drummer Andrea Spadafora that lets you know you are in for a fun ride. The song starts with a bit of an instrumental beginning with awesome drums, pounding bass from bassist Garron Marsh, and sweet guitars. This song, as is par for the album, plays with dynamics very well, going from loud to soft, and helping build momentum and tension throughout.
The album comes to a close with “Time, Take Your Time,” which has a slower, chiller vibe, starting off with an acoustic guitar being strummed. The song is very vocally driven, which is a great thing, showcasing vocalist Andrew Bell’s powerful voice. The song is a great closer to the album, as it leaves the listener feeling happy, relaxed, and wanting more.
For their debut album, Bravenoise has hit a home run. Everything Was And Everything Will Be is a fun listen, with definite repeat-ability. If you are in to an album that will cheer you up, make you happy, and make you want to start dancing, Everything Was And Everything Will Be is a must-have. Let’s hope this band is around for the long-term so we can hear more great music from them.
If you’d like to purchase their album, head over to iTunes.