I don’t usually talk much about my music tastes on this blog. I guess I’m still trying to get over my self-consciousness when it comes to that. For a long time, I preferred not to mention my preferences when it came to music at all because of how snooty people can be.
But nowadays? Screw that crap. They can go learn to pull their heads out of their rear ends and step down off their hipster pedestals.
You wouldn’t think it would take until you’re almost thirty to realize that it doesn’t matter what other people think. But you’d be wrong.
Poets of the Fall is a band that I first ran into, of all places, in a video game. Their song was featured in the end credits of Max Payne 2, a gritty noir-themed stylish shooter game. But it wasn’t until much later that I decided to actually look them up. Guess I was still trying to come out of my shell.
Long story short, they became one of my favorite bands.
Their latest album, Ultraviolet, is shades of things new and old. It definitely still sounds like them, albeit with a bit more electronic music influences in there. One review summed it up as them sounding a little like an “80’s throwback band”. Which, if you listen to the original “Mad World” by Tears for Fears, doesn’t seem like too far of a stretch.
Another review I read called it “sad” that they moved more towards electronic stuff and less “real instruments”, which I don’t really get. If it still sounds good, who cares? I understand that personal preference plays a factor here, but what does using “real instruments” even mean? A computer can be considered an instrument, if you choose to use it in that way.
In any case, Ultraviolet is what I would say is a very good album. It’s not mind-blowing or life-changing, but it doesn’t need to be. It sounds good, and that’s all that should really matter. It opens with an up-tempo song, much like their previous albums, and gradually the songs become more and more subdued, with their final song “Choir of Cicadas” almost sounding like a song you’d hear at church, complete with a distorted sounding organ.
There’s definitely a slight shift in the way they sound with this album. If I had to pin it down, I would say that it sounds more…”theatrical” in nature. In fact, some of it really reminds me of “Queen”, which is not a bad thing at all.
“My Dark Disquiet” is definitely my favorite out of the album. It’s got an up-tempo beat and a chorus that flows together extremely well. It also stands out to me lyrically as one of their best written songs.
I think that’s a big part of the reason I like this band so much: their lyrics are often abstract, forcing you to really think about them if you want to truly understand the song (probably where the “poets” part of their name came from).
It’s definitely more interesting than “BABY BABY BABY, OHHHHHH”, that’s for sure (sorry Justin Bieber).
I guess what I’m trying to say with this post is don’t be ashamed of your musical taste, wherever it comes from and whatever it happens to be. I’ve known people who say they don’t like music simply because they couldn’t stand the elitist nature of the culture that surrounds it.
I say to hell with that. These days, with the preponderance of music streaming services, the sheer breadth and depth of music is dizzying to think about. There’s something out there for literally everyone, regardless of taste.
It doesn’t have to be mind-blowing. It doesn’t have to be innovative. You just have to enjoy it. That’s all.
Thanks for reading. Check back on the third Wednesday of next month for another post, and as always, have a great month.