Just Get Along is the fifth album written and recorded by Eli Henry, out of Round Rock, Texas. This singer/songwriter has continually worked on experimenting with new sounds and techniques which is evident in this album. This is a collection of alt-rock, indie-rock and acoustic laden tracks with experimental guitar loops and spacey sounds. Altogether it is a unique experience with all sorts of sounds and ideas woven together.
The first track of the album “With a K” has unique un-melodic, spacey and twang sounds throughout the track that display the artist's creative direction. All these independent and experimental sounds eventually conform to a nice, melodic and lyric-driven sound. It’s a nice contrast that eventually drops off into the spacey guitar loops and experimental sounds again. The guitar is the main focus of the album, and this track, and the lyrics take a background kind of role.
The next track “Gasoline Friends” is introduced with a very cool, deep bass sounding guitar riff. This show’s Henry’s talent in manipulating the sounds of the guitar. The song has interesting poetics and lyrics that reflect the impact of modern life on environmental and socio political behaviors. The guitar sound throughout this album is dark and slightly off-tune. The composition is creative and unique throughout, like with splashes of tambourine or piano riffs in the background.
You can hear Henry’s influence and respect for The Beatles in this album, like in the introduction to the song “Stellar!” This song starts out with a soft, calming, chorus-like voice. It goes great with the lyrics, as they explain that “everything is supposed to be stellar.” There is also a free-flowing, improvised nature to the guitar in Just Get Along. There are lots of loops and solos that make their way into different songs in the album.
This album is a combination of traditional and unique sounds that display Eli Henry’s experimental and creative mind. There are all sorts of sounds in Just Get Along, from violin samples to piano riffs that add emotional and powerful backdrops to the lyrics. The distorted, spacey, and twangy guitar sounds added throughout show the artist's desire to push for new and creative sounds and combinations. The album eventually moves to a more calmer, melodic feel as the guitar loops and synths start to disappear. The last few songs are a great wrap-up to Just Get Along and help show the versatility and creative output that Eli Henry has been working on.
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