Into The Sun
The album opener, Into The Sun, is a rough, post-grunge rock track with soaring vocals and a pretty solid rhythm. The song builds up quite nicely and though it isn’t the most refreshing musically it is all done with care and Unknown Component is off to a fair start on this album.
It’s A Fine Line
The soulful nature of the pop/rocker It’s A Fine Line gives it a nice swing which is complemented by the energy provided by the drum-guitar dynamics that carry the song up to a higher level. You can hear Lynch is in his comfort zone as he passionately breathes life into his strong lyrics. And the song has a certain catchiness to it that subtly sticks.
Retrospectively Speaking has a very nice beat that is not only catchy but also a great basis for the song. Lynch’s soaring vocals fit perfectly with this alternative pop song, which holds the middle between a singer/songwriter tune and a post-grunge track. Unknown Component fills this musical void with passion and talent which can be heard on Retrospectively Speaking. A definite highlight on this CD.
Between Guilt And Relief
The synthesizer on Between Guilt & Relief creates a bit of a magical sound/mood which actually works quite well in this song. The echoing vocals and the spheric melody give this song something ungraspable, something out of reach, which creates an interesting paradox with the lyrical content of the song.
Somewhere A Light Has Gone Out
The weary Somewhere A Light Has Gone Out makes excellent use of interaction between music, vocals & lyrics. Keith Lynch uses the music very well to create a mood that extrapolates the lyrics, as it were. Not Unknown Component’s most catchy song or his most upbeat song, but musically very intriguing nevertheless.
On Your Mind
The almost anthemic On Your Mind benefits from excellent songwriting and a very solid and strong build-up. Perhaps the best song on this album, On Your Mind makes use of clever keys arrangements and subtle percussion to accentuate the song in exactly the right places. Lynch’ vocals soar beautifully and make this song even more special.
The U2-like intro to Identifying Interpretation gets the song off to a good start. The song has a really cool groove that reminds me of David Beebee a little bit. It’s a pretty strong song which builds on it’s melodical and lyrical songwriting.
Brought Up To Be Put Down
Brought Up To Be Put Down is a song that grew on me. It’s probably one of the best ones on the album as it has a rhythm that is pretty clever and melodically the song is quite sophisticated as well. With empathic, excellent vocals, Lynch brings this song to life and the whole things is pretty catchy and is hard not to like.
Never Ceases To Remain Unchanged
This is probably my favorite song on the album. Never Ceases to Remain Unchanged is extremely catchy and features Lynch in top form when it comes to the vocals. Lyrically the song is very profound and the passionate performance gives the song extra body. The song shines in every aspect and shows Unknown Component’s true talent.
The Inconsistent System
Unfortunately we’ve reached the end of the album. Unknown Component leaves us in a very satisfying manner. The strong album closer The Inconsistent System is uptempo and provides some of the musician’s best vocals. The song has good rhythm and melodically it is of high quality as well.
All in all, Unknown Component released an album to be proud of. “In Direct Communication” is a showcase of musical talent and Keith Lynch proves to be a musician with vision. The songs are all carefully written and composed and the performances are passionate and professional. Songs like Retrospectively Speaking, On Your Mind & Never Ceases To Remain Unchanged are good examples of what this artist is capable of.