ALBUM APART offers brief and visual track by track album reviews. This is done by using this chart which is a classification system that looks beyond genres. Color, icons, and quick descriptions exhibit the most dominant characteristics of each song. Together, they give a quick assessment of all of the songs on a given album.
The Energy column evaluates the overall liveliness of a song. It takes account of not only the beats per minute, but the pace of the lyrics and the velocity of the instrumentation. It’s the measure of stimulation in music.
The Feeling column examines the general mood of a song. It gauges the vibe of a tune with all its sentiments, both musically and lyrically, and determines that tune’s core expression. It’s the measure of emotion in music.
The Complexity column analyzes the intricacy of a song. It looks at a musical piece with respect to its lyrical execution, subject material, instrument arrangement, and interplay between all of them. It’s the measure of depth in music.
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Hypnotic Eye is built with heart and steel; the sound of a consummate roots rock band revisting their own roots, which became the highest charting release in Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ storied career.
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The group would call it quits one month before the release of The Love Movement, but the album captures a genial ATCQ in a exceptionally positive mindset and lighthearted mood at the turn of the century.
The Last DJ from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers has it’s stark and orchestrated moments, as well as a big bone to pick with the music industry’s lust for cash over creativity.