Power of Three
Wow, just the day before I got my hands on two or three albums from two already known and one relatively new artist, and here I settle down to do my Power of Three review set for these three artists whose music enthralls me. Ok, so as per the background image goes, they are Niall Horan, Imagine Dragons and Sufjan Stevens. While Imagine Dragons and Sufjan Stevens are already well established in their genres, the surprise introduction is of Niall Horan with his brand new solo project, and boy, he is promising, and must be highlighted and given due notice too 🙂
Power of One – Niall Horan
Ok, so, our big discovery this week is the vocal prowess and the brilliant solo effort of Irishman Niall Horan in the form of his debut album ‘Flicker’. Those of you, particularly the younger generation, are well familiar with boy band One Direction, know that Niall was a regular face in that outfit. Its quite amazing how every band member of this disbanded group are finding success with their individual efforts. And Niall is no exception to that. Maybe his earlier disqualification from the auditions of X Factor in 2010, before he joined One Direction, gave him some sort of a self challenge or a goal to get his name established as solo artist in this very competitive music world, and surely he has not done a bad job at all. I fully recommend everyone to get this album and give it an honest listen, you won’t be disappointed.
‘Flicker’ by Niall Horan
This first solo outing of Niall Horan will gain notice and appreciation from many. The former One Direction band member has given a heart warming performance in this very emotional album and has followed a guitar driven folk ballad route. The more I listen to it, the more I feel listening to a sound made much popular by Ed Sheeran and John Mayer, and Noran has created a sound much in line with these big names. He has created a much simpler, direct, no fuss sound with beautiful soft ambiances of acoustic folk and has proven well beyond doubt of his mature song writing abilities. Songs which stood out for me, even though I like the entire album, are This Town, Too much to ask, You and Me, Paper Houses. We will listen to some of them here. And I hope you will like them 🙂
Power of Two – Imagine Dragons
Well, I don’t wish to do a full review of Imagine Dragons in such a small snippet, because they command and deserve a much bigger single post review which I will definitely do in the future. But here I will share with you their recent album ‘Evolve’. The critics will have nothing better to say, and that’s sometimes can disappoint the fans. But big bands like this Las Vegas based quartet Imagine Dragons have stadium filling anthems and been making big music since four to five years now. Imagine dragons can immediately charge you up, no matter what mood you are in, with their in your face big songs, powerful vocals from Dan Reynolds, high octave high energy songs with big arrangements, you are sure to get up and get moving, and they mean business. Listen to them without any doubt.
‘Evolve’ by Imagine Dragons
Another big album from the Vegas boys. Huge stadium anthems in Whatever It Takes, Walking the Wire, carefully engineered synth pop with alternative rock with hitting vocals from Reynolds, this is surefire success in any album for any band. Many critics have criticized the band to becoming much similar with their previous outings, where I beg to differ. The band has an unique sound developed by them years back, and that has to be the backbone of their music, it’s quite natural. And with this unique sound of Rise Up, the band still fills up stadiums, with fans welcoming their presence in every way. Evolve is not different, and I love the feel and energy of this album, the perfect alternative record for fans to cheer about, with tunes and arrangements that you will wanna listen to everywhere. Mouth of the river is another big one from this album. Listen to this album.
Power of Three – Sufjan Stevens
And here’s another big name, whose music review can’t be covered in smaller posts, but I will try to concentrate in a nutshell and also focusing his most recent outings. Yes, this is my intro as a big fan of this amazingly talented musician called Sufjan Stevens. This Detroit, Michigan born musician has a huge career in music already behind him, and going strong by the days. His cathartic, ambient, folk, acoustic, dreamy electro pop, alternative folk rock, creates some real gem of music, which is like almost worshiping the heavenly tunes in the temple of music. In his last recent outing he teamed up with Bryce Dessner of The National[refer my earlier post], Nico Muhly and James Mcalister, invited by Muziekgebouw Eindhoven in the Netherlands who commissioned a new work from composer Nico Muhly. Sufjan Steven’s ethereal acoustic folk must be heard, enjoyed and shared, and artists of this caliber must be appreciated and respected.
‘Planetarium’ and other music by Sufjan Stevens
Planetarium is lush with its intricate guitar synth routines with those time machine vocal harmonies, and those other worldly cosmic mash ups creating a sound that completely mesmerises me. Listening to any music from Stevens will transport the listeners to an Arthur C. Clarke and Jules Verne fantasy land that we all grew up reading to. You have to hear it to really experience it. We will listen to songs taken from his major albums, and see where you stand after hearing them.