When I was younger, I used to ponder about what rock would sound like in "the future." Would it be all heavily electronic and cold? Would humans even be involved in the process of making rock music? Brian Jacques and his new album The Truths Within This Moment has reminded me that rock music has retained its beating heart. It is falling on a trend I am quite fond of which is rock finding its way back classic roots. The trick is to find the vein that makes this kind of music not sound dated. That timeless sweet spot is not always easy to achieve and yet Jacques makes it sound easy, like it comes naturally.
Jacques has one of the atypically interesting voices where it sounds effortless. In fact everything about this album is very effortless and I think the engineering process went a long way in insuring that. Jacques doesn't stack his deck too full when it comes to the weapons he uses. However, there are a decent amount of layers to showcase. The album was recorded at Brooklyn Music Trust with production by George Musa and engineering by Jason Smonik. I think these flexed their industry knowledge beautifully with this album. Getting back to vocals, Jacques is ranged and brings out that talent in an understated fashion. The production elements managed to capture all the nuance of his vocal performances.
This album is a sturdy ten tracks and comes packed with a diverse set of songs. At first, this album registered for me as a pretty straightforward message delivery system. However, by the time I got to the fourth track, "Can't Come Down" I realized this was going to be a more complex journey. I definitely prefer Jacques with that more edgy message. Some of the songs like "20/20" felt a little too two dimensional for me and there are a few like that on this album from time to time. It's almost as though he'll pull you into submersive atmosphere and then pull you back out. In all honestly I would almost rather he fuller commit to that more experimental area. However I think he is attempting to build a dichotomy and contrast with this album and I can respect that instinct.
With this dichotomy are very different methods of songwriting. As a lyricist he is quite fascinating because he's like a chameleon. He can be hyper metaphorical and aloof and then other times very blunt and forthcoming. It's an interesting mix and definitely an element of his talent that adds to the diversity of the songs.
Classic rock fans I feel can flock to this album and hang with the curve balls. His music has an evergreen aesthetic that could place it in a variety of situations and purposes. I can hear some of these songs in film scores. I imagine this music live would be lovely. I could imagine some of these songs making onto my road trip playlists. Gotta love an album with multiple applications.
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