Originally formed as a garage rock & blues duo, Albino Rhino has been writing and recording music since before 2013. By 2016, the band had added two more members to the band lineup, released an EP, and both signed and left a record deal. In May of 2016, Albino Rhino finally completed and released their self-titled album Albino Rhino which they had started in 2013.
The album begins with a slow, groovy guitar riff in “Walk In Spheres” that gradually incorporates the rest of the band in a bluesy, carefree anthem. Punching guitar lines, swinging percussion, and piano all make their debut in the epic opener. A lengthy intro featuring a droning organ, warbling guitars, and classic rock n’ roll elements leads the listener into the steady, driving beat of “Color To Your Grey.”
An acoustic guitar accompanies the wistful vocals in “No More Daydream” before the song evolves into a country-infused jam with harmonica and various stringed instruments. This song contrasts with the more electronically-focused “Hair On Fire,” a danceable rock anthem built upon upbeat percussion, strong vocals and distorted guitars.
Albinö Rhino highlights its talent in the realm of funk in “Floor Funk,” a seven-minute fusion blend that combines horns, catchy vocal melodies and throbbing guitars in arguably the band’s most stylistically quintessential song on the album. The energy continues in “Movin’ On,” a bright piece that alternates between pop and blues styles seamlessly. Following, “Buck Up” sustains this soundscape and showcases Albino Rhino's lyrically creative songwriting style.
The record ends with “Rio,” a celebratory tune that builds dynamically right up to the song’s ending. As a record, Albino Rhino is an exciting listen from start to end, and the innumerable artistic moments within each song make for an extremely enjoyable musical experience. This album will undoubtedly propel Albino Rhino further along in their already-mesmerizing career.
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