Songs & Sounds
The bitter honesty of Songs & Sounds is something you feel oozing throughout the whole song. The soft, slightly melancholic, and mostly acoustic sound gives you a sense of really being able to listen to the music. Michiel Flamman proves to be one of the country’s prime songwriters.
Lovers Story End
The album continues with the intimate, little song Lovers Story End which is brilliant in it’s own way. It has a simple sounding melody that basically tells the story in itself. The wonderful melody and the passionate vocals lift this song to a very high level.
The catchy single Mind is undoubtfully the best track on this album and will be the song that will attract attention to this band. The groovy intro and the catchy melody, combined with some amazing keys by Simon Gitsels, this song resonates in your head after you listen to it.
The melancholy finds its way in The Rules which is a wonderful and spheric song that is filled with passion and emotion. The vocals are of a very high level and the piano just accentuates this song in all the right ways. A great song to listen to and let your thoughts drift away into ponder.
As Good As It Feels
As Good As It Feels is one of the catchier songs on the album, and the vocals are pretty good. It is kind of a bittersweet song, and the chorus-like part of the song is one that you can imagine the audience joining in during a live version.
Hit Me With A Kiss
Then Hit Me With A Kiss, a song about the encounter with a sniper. It’s a song with a distinct guitar melody that makes this song commercially attractive. The passionate vocals are the most impressive part of this song, though the whole song deserves praise. It’s honest and it works, and isn’t that all a good pop song needs?
Vocation has an appropriate title, because the vocals are absolutely what this song is all about. Empathic and filled with emotion, sometimes reduced to a faint whisper, it carries a lot of the mood of this song in them.
This might be the least strong track on the album. The vocals on Lover are trying too hard and the song doesn’t sound natural, whereas the natural sound and easy, simple flow of the songs is the trademark of this band, and what makes them so special. Lover doesn’t have that as much.
Prayer For The Gun
Prayer For The Gun, however, is one of the best tracks on this great album. Also the track that has the most of a ‘band’ feeling to it. The alternative groove of the song gives it a bit of a mysterious feel and the sophisticated harmonic arrangements combined with the impressive vocals and tight rhythm make this song the strong piece that it is.
The album ends with Silence Falls, also known as ‘Dear Bottle’. Lyrically it’s probably my favorite song of the album, and the fragile, wonderful music, which finds its character in the beautiful (reminds me of Fish) piano melody and empathic vocals just breathes talent, emotion and most of all it emphasizes the quality of the music that Solo makes.
With “Songs ‘n Sounds”, Solo debuts in an impressive fashion. With a musicality and sophistication that is not typically Dutch, this band presents you 10 songs that really invite you to listen to them. Songs like Mind, Hit Me With A Kiss & Lovers Story End are gems as basically is the whole album. With much anticipation we await what lies ahead in this band’s future.