Rain Has Come
The radio-friendly Rain Has Come kicks off the album and is a crowd pleaser pur sang. The catchy melody and powerful vocals invite you to move and sing along and before you know it you have this song in your head.
Ready continues along the same path, with it’s catchy powerpop melody and clever guitar hooks. The song is well written and well performed. It has the right amount of passion and energy and also has that “stuck in your head” quality.
What’s The Reason?
What’s The Reason? is one of the album’s strongest tracks. The beautiful, intimate ballad is sung with passion and emotion that makes it stand out. The vocals and strong instrumentals create a mood that you sink in while listening to the song. The wonderful guitar melody & vocals carry the song to a very high level and makes it one of the year’s best pop songs.
Can You Hear Me?
The power and volume is cranked up again for Can You Hear Me and this powerpop song, though not the most imaginative song on the album, is another strong, catchy track that is fun to listen to and to sing along to. Makes for a great live song.
Always On My Mind
There are many songs with this name, and many good ones. While it’s not the band’s best song, this catchy, americana-influenced pop song has a lot of radio potential and the chorus is a guaranteed money-maker.
Silkstone comes back with another ballad, and they prove this is one of their stronger sides, as Lost is another highlight on this strong debut. The strings and melodic lines are perfectly creating the right mood while the soulful vocals complete the song. The arrangement is in perfect balance and the harmonies are done very well.
Right Now is one of the funnest songs on the album. The joy and passion just jumps right in your face and if you get a chance to see Silkstone live, be sure to shout for this one, as they can let themselves go like on no other song and you’ll feel the energy and passion while you sing along to this splendid powerpop song.
Not When You Don’t Care
On Not When You Don’t Care, the band shows a little darker sound. The rich, harmonic song is well-written and has a strong build-up, but can’t be seen as the album’s strongest piece. It’s tight, but the direct passionate connection is kinda missing in some parts of the song, like the band’s holding back a little bit.
Lady has always been one of my favorites. The arrangement isn’t the strongest on the album, but it’s perfect for this song as it creates the mood and leaves room for the vocals to take the stage. The jazzy, free rhythm of the song is a nice break from the powerpop and shows the diversity of this band. And within all this, they can still keep the song quite catchy.
This is one of the album’s strongest tracks. The powerful and catchy Stars has an excellent build-up and develops into a full-grown song with strong hooks, exceptional lyrics and powerful vocals. The band shows they are a strong collective and finds the right mix between passionate energy and intimate emotion in this highlight.
The album closer, Easy, is a nice ending with some great lyrics and a strong build-up, but it doesn’t really enthusiasmate me as much as most of the rest of the album. I might not be able to quite put my finger on it, but Easy misses that extra bit that lifts a good song into the level of greatness that this band showed they can reach.
Silkstone debuts with this strong album that’s influenced by bands like The Beatles & Oasis on one hand and bands like Pearl Jam, Goo Goo Dolls & Kane on the other hand. The strong melodies and powerful vocals make strong pop songs with a real rock edge. Without a doubt Silkstone’s one of the most promising acts arisen in the Netherland’s alternative circuit lately.