Anna Was The Enemy
With the uptempo Anna Was The Enemy, Fools & Horses is off to a good start on this album. This catchy rocker brings energy and spirit that sets a good mood for what’s to come. In a way it reminds me of July For Kings a little, who were also able to produce catchy, straight-forward rock songs.
Selfish is a song that Soft Cell would be proud of. Strong guitar work and flashy vocals give this alternative rock song a bit of an extra edge. Just like Soft Cell’s Tainted Love, this could well be a dark horse on the radio and blow away many people.
Take My Life
The energetic, Pearl Jam influenced post-grunge rocker Take My Life has a good alternative edge and the drumming is very strong. Lyrically not the band’s most profound song, but the combination of music and lyrics is spot on. Vocally excellent and musically solid, this is another impressive song.
Wide Eyed Wonder
I really like Wide Eyed Wonder. It has an Incubus-like quality, with exceptional vocals and a great build up to the chorus, which is gold in itself. The band passionately performs the whole song with high energy and intensity that grabs you by the throat. With the right promotion this could be one of 2008/2009’s biggest hits on rock radio.
This is probably the album’s strongest track. Redwings is a slick, catchy, uptempo alternative rock song with some great late 70s & 80s influences. It’s passionate, energetic and completely fit to be rocked out to. With some killer hooks and almost perfection in performance this band shows they are more than ready for a worldwide breakthrough.
Finally Out Of My Mind
This is my favorite, lyrically. Finally Out Of My Mind has a nice melodic line throughout it, with some great vocals (kinda similar to Richard Patrick from Filter) and what is most impressive is the timing of everything throughout the whole song. It fits and it’s always spot on. Fools & Horses keeps stringing highlights together on this album.
..That Strung Up The Rebel
On That Strung Up The Rebel, Fools & Horses lowers the pace a little and the harmonic anthem thrives in its build up and passionate performance. There’s a certain pain in the sound of this song. Raw emotion, which is what I think makes a good song great.
We Have Arrived
We Have Arrived is incredibly catchy and has one of the best arrangements on the album. Lyrically it’s another strong song and the band performs it very well. In a way it slightly reminds me of Idlewild/Feeder because of the energetic and dynamic rock feel of the song without losing touch with the melodic side of the song.
A Beautiful Place
A more indie approach is taken on A Beautiful Place and while it is another strong song, for me personally it is the one that is hardest to connect to. I can’t really explain why, but I think I just don’t get that burst of passion and energy out of this one. The song is excellent musically, but in one way or another I don’t connect to it as much.
Calling You Out
Calling You Out reminds me of Welbilt, an alternative rock/powerpop band that used to do very well in the same area as where Fools & Horses originates. Just like Welbilt, Fools & Horses comes up with a catchy, yet obviously alternative powerpop song that gets better and better the more often you hear it. I caught myself humming and singing it to myself without noticing it.
Concessions of the Cheated
And Fools & Horses surprises me again. With a very catchy, uptempo song with vocals that are somewhere between David Bowie & Marinus de Goederen (a balladeer), the band has a hit single in their hands. It might not be their best song on the album, but it’s the right radio format and I promise you that you will not be able to get it out of your head.
Maybe I Could
The folk/rock-influenced Maybe I Could is a song that shows maturity and strong songwriting. It’s one of those songs you just connect with and I am pretty sure it ends up being a fan favorite. Fools & Horses changes tempo and intensity in the song several times and you can really see how flawlessly they do that.
I Am The Ghost
The album closes with the indie-rocker I Am The Ghost. The almost Snow Patrol-like guitar melody (think Chasing Cars) leads into a melancholic, moody indie song with very strong vocals that bring out the best of the song. It’s a good way to end the album as you really feel it has come to an end with this song.
On “I Am The Ghost”, Fools & Horses proves to be a versatile rock band that works well as a unity. All the individual musical qualities fit together perfectly and form a rock collective that you can only respect. Gems like Wide Eyed Wonder, Redwings & Maybe I Could are passionate proof that big things are in stock for this band.