Album of the Week: Walk Off The Earth 'Sing It All Away'
Mon, 15 Jun 2015 10:45:10
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Canadian five-piece take pop into a new stratosphere with new full-length.
Chances are, you might've first heard Walk Off The Earth after checking out one of their viral YouTube videos i.e. their Gotye cover of "Somebody That I Used To Know" where all five members played one guitar or another cover like "Someone Like You." However, their new full-length album Sing It All Away [Columbia Records] highlights a fact that millions knew after digging just a little bit deeper. That fact is that, beyond instrumental and musical innovations, the quintet—Sarah Nicole Blackwood, Gianni Luminati, Ryan Marshall, Mike Taylor, and Joel Cassady—are some of modern music's most thrilling songwriters. Anything becomes an instrument in their hands, but they use that inventiveness to carve out timeless, tried-and-true tracks that warrant multiple listenings. It's "pop" in the most classic sense of the world. This isn't refried, regurgitated, or remixed for the radio. It's just five musicians making great music that you want to sing along to. That's what makes it so refreshing.
Speaking of the songs, Sing It All Away has no shortage of powerhouse anthems. The first single "Rule The World" feels like revolution pouring out of the speakers as the group delivers an uplifting and undeniable message of self-empowerment sparked by Blackwood's towering pipes and the volley of voices. Meanwhile, "Home We'll Go" adds a danceable shimmy that's bolstered by subtle electronics mixed in with the natural and organic delivery. The title track sums up the entire album's ethos with a powerful beating heart unveiled at the center, while "Boomerang" swings back with a wallop of intensely catchy bravado.
Watch the Video for "Rule The World"