Album Review: Ask, Tell by The Albrights

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4/5 stars

From the get-go, this band got up and took control of what they wanted to achieve. They leave no stone unturned, touching on genres like blues, jazz, pop, rock and soul. There is no need to look any further for a group that has the potential to follow in the footsteps of U2. The Albrights are not locked in tunnel vision, as they express their versatility throughout their new release. Anyone who followed the career of U2 never second-guessed the fact that the road they were riding on was carved out fully on their own terms.

The Albrights are not afraid to open the minds of their listeners, meshing many musical styles together. “Hard Times” is a catchy tune that soon consumes the listener and they quickly will find themselves drowning in the bottomless pit of musical depth unprecedented locally. Once your attention is captured, the excursion is endless, commuting the ear to places that will delight for several rounds.

The dark piano chords of “You Don’t Love Me” are overlapped by some amazing guitar licks that bring together robust soul while staying heartily brisk. Matthew Crane (bass) gives respect to rock, soul and funk while blending with Arron Odden on the drums. The two establish a structured groundwork, allowing Joe Donohue III (vocals, keyboard, guitar) and Brandon Barry (vocal, guitar, bic slide) to formulate tracks that are not repetitiously the same song.

They take a page from Kyuss, Queens Of The Stone Age, Wolfmother and The Datsuns in “Good Woman” with the vocals electronically twisted, commissioning the guitars to keep up. “In Love” from The Datsuns CD could serve as a teacher to this song by The Albrights by being more mature but complimentary in style. Not a band to ride out on its laurels, they quickly start into “Wasting My Time”, a vocally high pitched storm trooper that could easily make a push for top 40 status. I wonder as I get this deep into the CD when their luck will run out like so many others. Will I again have only half a good CD to listen to? This thinking causes one to quickly disregard the remainder of tracks.

Shockingly, that does not happen as “There Will Be A Day” brings the listener over the hump into quite a successful second half. At 4:45 into the track, they display their versatility by introducing a bit of New Orleans jazz to the final 18 seconds before kicking into a Creedence Clearwater Revival time traveling guitar-based “Miss Rosie.” Again I’m left wondering when will it end. Can this band possibly keep me engaged until the last drop of music is expunged from the disc?

Rob Thomas, look out! Here come The Albrights, taking over your place as the artist played on so many different radio formats. “Washing Town” is a fun and upbeat musical number that lyrically slaps the political wheel and lets them know that we have our own big brother and we will make you accountable for your actions.

This all leads into the final track “Drown” and yes, it’s true, every song is a Tour De France and when the CD comes to a complete stop, a moment of silence is necessary. Once you have caught your breath, there is no doubt that you will take it for another spin because one round is just the flirtation.


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Source by Rachael M Kohrn

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