Jonathan Sakas: Albatross
Sakas is from Arizona, right?
Indeed he is -- which makes his debut album Albatross all the more intriguing.
I know, but almost every submission to You Asked For It is either country-twinged rock or bland pop. So excuse me for having very little faith when it comes to this sort of thing. Shall we continue?
Best Song: "Driver" is subdued, benevolent, just poppy enough and, overall, magnificent. It showcases Sakas' demure, uninterested-sounding vocal stylings the best. They lyrics aren't too awful, and the pressing synth line sets the rather gloomy -- with a dash of pizzazz -- soundscape. I use the phrase often, but this song ain't rocket science -- it is simple, it keeps a beat and it is rather enjoyable in its coquettish, standoffish manner. Sakas makes you wait a few minutes here and there while he sets the tone with his synths before his vocals kick back in, and that time spent waiting only builds the crescendo to satisfying levels.
The electronic rock debut from this magnetic singer/songwriter/producer/mega-artist is peculiar yet somehow familiar, heaving with textured synthesizers, superb sequencing, and dark arrangements that create a captivating, distinctive soundscape which propels an ever- expanding fanbase and critics into pop culture pandemonium.
You know what's missing from that description? "Unique, well-written lyrics." You know why? Because they don't exist on this album.
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