Acacia Park Avenue is the culmination of three producers. Two reside in Australia and the other in Austria. I’m not sure how they write music but they manage to do it and recently released an album called Forbidden Love. They call it a storybook album in which the narrator tells you the story. In this case the story is about young love and what you would do to be ''the one'' only to find that the one isn't what they seem and is from a different world. It's a story of vampire lovers that want to return to human form so they can be together. Isn’t that pretty much the same storyline as Twilight?
Before each song a narrator speaks with no music explaining the story. The recording of the narrator is so much better sounding than the vocals that are sung that it creates an odd juxtaposition. The recording of narrator is perfectly clear and understandable unlike the person who is singing which sounds boxy and muddy. While we are talking about the recording quality the overall sound needs improvement. There isn’t much separation between the instruments, nothing is very clear in the mix and the drums need a lot of work.
The whole style of the album feels random. They jump from an ‘80s sounding rock song to a disco-esque electronic dance song to avant-garde minimalist all within the first three songs. The biggest success they have out of these three very different styles is the disco-esque electronic dance song entitled “This Night.” It sort of sounds like Erasure meets Phantom of the Opera.
Another slight success is “Addiction.” It has an ‘80s sounding INXS type vibe. The song lacked any low-end which severely held back the song from reaching its potential. The band goes into material that sounds like it is something you would hear in a dark play on “Sever the Blood Line.” In a complete random turn the very next song sounds like an ‘80s ballad. The album closes with a Meatloaf-esque piano ballad.
It’s hard to follow the storyline since the songs feels so disparate. Every song feels like a separate entity rather the continuation of a story that has an ebb and flow.
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