You have probably heard of a song or an album being written about a lost love. Well how about three lost loves. Cole Fournier is a singer/songwriter whose debut One Morning, I'm Going To Wake Up was written as a love letter to three girls who will never hear it. It’s an endearing concept and the music Fournier makes is conducive to the themes he presents in his music. Fournier’s music lives somewhere between Bright Eyes and Third Eye Blind. It’s soft rock with an emotional core that will appeal to people who have a hankering for sentimental music. Fans of bands like Isis and Mastodon will most likely not be cranking this out of their stereo anytime soon but what do I know.
The album starts off with “Austria,” which makes you feel like you just took a couple of Zoloft pills while going for a walk in the not so great part of town. It spews off a soft, uplifting vibe that somehow feels a bit generic at the same time. Throughout the song I was just rooting for Fournier to rock just a bit harder. His version of rocking out is so inoffensive that I was on the verge of being offended.
Fournier puts his foot down to pedal about a quarter inch on “Distance” and spices thing up with some distorted lead guitar. “Pegasi” is a love song where he sings about being “snug under pillows” and how he will “keep you up on those nights you don’t sleep.” Fournier successfully balances warm electric guitar with acoustic guitars on “Paris” while “China, Australia, The Moon” is arguably the highlight of the album.
“Little Fires” has the most grit out of the songs although it doesn't seem that Fournier can stay away from the intimate acoustic breakdown. The best part is towards the end as he finds a good groove revolving around vocal harmonies.
Suffice it so say that Fournier’s music will most likely be appreciated by females between the ages of 14 and 23. I’d be flabbergasted to find a grown 35-year-old man blasting this out of car while he was coming home from work. With that being said I respect Fournier is making music that is so emotionally sensitive that women watching Oprah may think it’s a bit hokey. Bottom line is the music is well written and at the end of the day Fournier may be getting more women than he knows what to do with after releasing this album.
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