Artist: Everybody Loves Irene
Album: On Second Thought, I Might Wanna Change Some Things
Rating: *** out of *****
Standout Tracks: "Rindu", "Solitude Dialogue", "The Big Bang
Fans of Everybody Loves Irene will love the band's second album, On Second Thought, I Might Wanna Change Some Things, more than their 2006 debut album, The Very First Thing You Must Learn About Flying Is Gravity.
It seems everybody will love Irene more (Irene is the name of the vocalist) as her vocals have improved this time round. She tries to create her own distinct vocals, instead of pretending to sound Portishead-esque.
On Second Thought, offers more flavors than the band's debut. They brilliantly cover "Rindu", a song from one of Indonesia's indie pioneers, Planet Bumi.
"No One Here's Alone" is a good opening track, bringing listeners to the band's realm, while "Solitude Dialogue" gives a different touch with the choir. They also try to explore various topics through the lyrics, like "The Big Bang Prophecy", a story about destroying the world.
Despite the effort, I don't think the band will get much recognition here in Indonesia. It's a pity, but that's just the way the country's music industry works -- their trip-hop music will be difficult for mainstream ears to digest.
However, thanks to social networking websites, they have become famous abroad. Their recent tour of Malaysia is testament to their overseas success.
As a band, they definitely have progressed. Their songs sound more solid. I suggest you have a listen by yourself.
-- Aditya Suharmoko