Hailing from the UK André de Brito aka Spinous is an artist who didn’t need much help in creating his recent release Fireball. The album was composed, produced and recorded entirely by Brito. Fireball is an eclectic upbeat party album that spews celebratory times.
I was sometimes reminded of artists such as Franz Ferdinand and LCD sound system. The first song “party has started” is the best example of this. It’s a bass and beat heavy song that features clean, crisp guitar, handclaps and an exuberant vocal performance.
On this song and many others Brito does a good job at making you feel like you're attending the party rather than observing it. One of the highlights “queen of spades” has a French bass line not unlike that of Daft Punk. The song is a certified club thumper that is catchy and easy to groove to.
The third track “do to me “ has an especially deep kick that is almost hit too hard at times while “family” sounds like a rock/pop song and strays from the dance vibe a bit. The piano on “fireball” gives the song a more serious, contemplative tone. I thought Brito’s vocals sounded great on this track. He puts some soul and melancholy into his delivery and it works out well. My favorite line was “I’m a fireball and I’m rising to the stars.”
The album gets you back in the mood to put away your worries and let loose with “shotgun.” It’s certainly a melodic song that has a breakdown you can imagine a group of people clapping along with. Even on a slower, melancholy track like “no one like you” Brito can’t seem to resist inserting a huge deep kick drum. The song is split between guitar and vocals and an all out dance party. It’s a dichotomy that works somewhat well.
I like this album but thought the closer “don’t let me down” felt out of place. It’s a soft, melancholy piano ballad that made of all the dancing seem irrelevant. I would have liked to end the party with a bang but instead we are treated to a nostalgic whimper.
Overall, the album has a number of well-written songs that are easy to enjoy.
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