As an art enthusiast I have to begin by commenting on this gorgeous album cover of Love Again by Divine Pilot. One can only hope that the musical content reflects such a level of sophisticated design and taste. But such is not the case. Listening to this group and examining the album creates a pretty solid disconnect. Granted, I know that a direct lineage isn’t necessary, but you’ve got to relate them somehow. That’s just a belief I hold strongly because I take the marriage of art and music seriously. They are my two passions in life and I’m grateful that I can be exposed to their unity so often.
Love Again is short and focused. It almost plays like one long song. The title track “Love again” has a smooth, funky beat and bright disposition. The drums find their moments and the vocals glide along with singsong melody and drawn out notes. I love when the guitar zips up into the stratos with quick action picking and on the money equalizing. It’s like something out of Tom Morello and The Edge’s brainchild.
“Be my cure” uses a great contrast between frolicking indie pop/rock and a ballad anthem to stay on top of the listener’s expectations. I couldn’t predict the next move on this track and I always appreciate that in an artist. Just when you think you might have this one pegged, they toss in a vintage organ lick and it works so well.
“Lonesome Rider” is a bluesy swinger that sounds like Audioslave right out the gate. But the melody becomes its own by song’s end, that quintessential indie rock guitar is just too much to resist. This song has a sort of beach vibe, care free and simple.
It all ended a little too soon and a touch abruptly for my taste, but that’s the name of the game. Divine Pilot is just another case of “wait and see.” Their best work is ahead of them.
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