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Chart-friendly rave for a whole album?
on 20 January 2013
Utah Saints' first album is a bit of a mixed bag. There are highs (What Can You Do For Me, I Want You, States Of Mind) lows (Believe In Me) and some in-betweens (Soulution, Too Much To Swallow). While the in-betweens outnumber the highs, the whole album outshines the lows. If you can overlook the fact that the drum patterns start to sound a little repetitive by the finish, and skip over Believe In Me (which isn't so much bad, as just a little dull), then this is a pretty good album. Opener New Gold Dream, sets the tone somewhat, with its ravey rhythms, chugging synth bass, and half spoken vocals. This is what you get for the next hour or so. That said, there are some real catchy hooks amongst all this. What Can You Do For Me, with its Annie Lennox-sampled warbling is one, as is the Cloudbusting sampling Something Good, and the high octane third single I Want You. The strongest non-single track on the album is States Of Mind, where the Saints inject some further texture into things with worldy sounding flutes and swirling wind effects. It's not all high tempo, either. Soulution and Too Much To Swallow turn down the BPM and provide a nice contrast to the dance oriented rest of the album. There's even a decent remix, giving What Can You Do For Me a bass and piano heavy workout. Altogether, a slightly more than 3 star album. If you like your rave chart-friendly, call it 3 and a half and you'll be happy.