The self-titled album Fun While You Wait by Fun While You Wait is just that. Life can seem like a waiting game oftentimes, and this piece fills that never-ending void feeling of "what’s next" with a fun little ditty compilation. The first song on the album "Mountain Song" is upbeat and sentimental. I really appreciate the ukulele being played so freely in this track. One can barely tell it’s a ukulele until listened to more deeply. I like its high-pitched hopeful sound. There is some steady heart bass in the background with the energized drums sitting somewhere in the middle driving the whole track. The front vocals are beautiful and sexy. Devon Moore has a voice that is like eating a chocolate molten lava cake through your ears if you can imagine that. The album is a sprint of one song quickly moving into the next. Moore sounds quite 90's, almost like The Cranberries.
The next song “Peace of Mind” represents loves confusion. She is trying to make it work, but just wants to know that she has done her best and that is all that she can do to give herself peace of mind. "It's not that I don't love you, I'm just not sure that I know, but I will do anything to prove that I will try harder now." I think we have all felt this way at one time or another. That is why we started the age-old practice of picking a daisy and pulling its petals. "He loves me, he loves me not..." The lyrics are relatable; the music is simple and familiar. It does sound like one long song. There is not much variation between the tempos in each track. They are all quite equally upbeat, with a lyrical deliverance that is beautiful and soulful. The main vocals sound so familiar - the whole album does in fact. This is comforting.
The next song “Lost” further pries into love’s meaning. Why does it have to be so confusing?! Perhaps love is so confusing so that music can exist because so much of music is about love's games. I appreciate the composition of this song. It tends to slow down a lot and move more into a Hawaiian sound. That ukelele makes me want it to be Hawaiian music, but it continues on the folk road. It is folky Hawaiian! Last but not least, the album ends with the song “Wolves.” This song sounds like Blind Melon in the beginning and then moves into a skanky reggae drum rhythm. I like this change up. It feels funky, fresh and super fun! I like this reggae approach, especially with the uke. The song then really throws you into a whole new realm by speeding up and getting almost hard rocky with a conversation of people in the background. It is a great way to seal the deal by leaving us with something different.
Overall, the album Fun While You Wait is a great lightweight album for any experience in life. Perfect for summertime, outside picnics, driving down the freeway to the beach or a new adventure. Like I mentioned, the album feels like one continual piece, not deviating from its original first songs sound very much, until the last song, which really drives the beat into many different directions. This leaves us with a great last impression. There is nothing not to like about this album. It is an easy listen with great lyrics and talented musicians. Moore has an incredibly familiar soulful voice and the ukulele gives it an edge that is rarely played as guitar like as it is in this album. The album is hopeful, fun and dance-y. I kept imagining a game of beach volleyball to this one because it just feels free and fun - hence the title. So anytime you are waiting, at the DMV or in line... why not try slapping on some headphones and taking a listen to this album. You shan't regret it.
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