"Close your eyes and take my hand / Throw out what the teacher said / The revolution's in my head / The revolution's in my head / Raise the mast and set your sails"
If you have not noticed, the italicized quote at the beginning and end of each blog post consists of lyrics from the album reviewed that week. The above lyrics are the opening lines from first song on the album R.E.V.O. from Walk Off The Earth. I thought they were a perfect introduction to an album.
Walk Off The Earth broke onto the music scene with their internationally acclaimed YouTube videos where they performed some pretty great stuff. Do you remember seeing that video of 5 people playing a single guitar? Yeah, that was Walk Off The Earth. Their YouTube channel is actually filled with a plethora of wonderful music video consisting of unique covers and fantastic original content.
R.E.V.O. stands for the motto of the band which is "Realize Every Victory Outright". I found this to be very enlightening in the sense that it loosely ties into my other yearly project where I am trying to tweet a positive tweet every day. In life, we tend to focus on all the negatives, while rarely devoting our time to the celebrating our little victories. This motto is a good reminder that those victories need recognition, no matter how minuscule.
Okay, back to the music. I only have one word to really describe this album: FUN. I didn't find listening to it to be a chore, or exhausting, or emotionally taxing. It was one of those albums that was a lot of fun to turn on, sing along, and just rock out. "Speeches" was by far my favourite song on the album merely for the fact that it was just so damn good. I described them as indie, but you can hear lots of different influences in their music, ranging from rock, to pop, to a little ska or reggae. Red Hands is another prime example of a song that is just fun to listen to.
From an overall album perspective, I didn't feel the songs fit together perfectly, or the album flowed as well as others, but it didn't really matter because the songs were so fun to listen to on an song by song level. From a lyrical perspective, the songs didn't seem to be written with deep meaning or intent. I perceived them to be written to be simple, fun, and easy to sing along to. If that was their goal I think they hit the nail on the head. I can guarantee that Speeches will make it into my regular-driving-songs rotation.
Fun fact: Walk Off The Earth and Sarah Harmer are from the same city in Ontario, the great Canadian music mecca that is Burlington, Ontario.
Rating: 3.5 Walk Offs
Next week: The Rural Alberta Advantage
"I got this old guitar / The strings are rusty / But it's all I need / Bring in the kick drum / It can back the beat / Let's gather round and sing a song"