Newspeak is the debut album from Max Goedecke. Goedecke makes certified rock that celebrates sub genres like Americana, classic rock and post-punk to name a few. One of the things I feel isn’t mentioned enough is the pacing of an album. The ten songs have a good flow and there is no need to skip around tracks. It’s one of those albums that sounds best being played from beginning to end.
“She's A Good Damn Girl” is the opener. I have to admit there was a strong resemblance to Tom Petty on this song. The guitars are warm and clean. In fact the whole song has a very warm feel to it. There is a selection of tones and textures that make the song very pleasant to listen to.
“Slowly To Sink” was a highlight which also happens to be one of the more single-worthy songs in the batch. The songs builds with intensity and has a number of notable crescendos. Goedecke sings, “When this world is not as heavy as she seems to be / When this world is just ruled by gravity that makes you feel / Slowly to sink.”
“Like A Child” is one of the more dynamic songs. It’s starts with harmonica, guitar and steady kick drum. The energy starts to pick up when the crunchy guitar chords ring out. “Alessia Di Castellabate” was infectious and I thought the additional vocal harmonies worked really well in the song. “Behind The Sun” is Americana rock 101 with a little country flair while “Meant To Be” has a hard rock edge to it with a notable guitar solo.
“NY Evenin' Star” is a another solid track. “Brave New World,” “When The World Falls” and the closer “Waterworld” seems to be some sort of trilogy about the world falling apart and starting anew.
The production and recording quality is top notch on this album. I thought the frequencies they decided to empathize worked really well with the styles of the songs.
Overall, this is a great debut. If you are a fan of some of the aforementioned genres you should like this.
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