In the Right Mind
When I first heard this album, I only really liked a few songs. It was really too upbeat for me. I listened to it again a few days ago and completely fell in love with every song. That being said, I’m a different person now than when I first heard this album.
Preview the album.
If you don’t like what you hear, then it’s not for you; but I love it, and many would agree with me that it is one of the greatest albums to us that also love it. It just depends on who you are.
1.) Megalithic Symphony - A great way to open up the album. The megaliths rise from the mist and chant the song of their creator.
2.) Some Strange Creature - I don’t know why, but for some insane reason this little interlude feels so magical. It is an apt transition to the kick-off track, Soul Wars.
3.) Soul Wars - This is an unholy shrine to the conflict induced by the self-righteous preachers. It unveils the irony that they inflict the very damage they claim to prevent.
4.) People - This upbeat tune to help out, to remind us that we’re all in this together, running away from the roots of our problems and into conflict when we don’t step out and try to see each others’ side.
5.) Jump On My Shoulders - This is a really catchy beach-type song; it accentuates the ocean theme of this album nicely. Very positive and uplifting. It’s about having a loving community to rely on. Or at least that’s what it seems like. Sometimes, you have to listen to Awol’s songs multiple times to truly get their intended meaning.
6.) Burn it Down - This song is an aggressive alternative-indie type thing, and it’s about how the rush of life lets you forget what’s important right now.
7.) Guilty Filthy Soul - … … … something scandalous.
8.) Kill Your Heroes - A crew of young laddies on a train encounter an old man that spent his life trying to be good, in the clear, just to find out that his life was run by fear. He told them, “Don’t you let some guy on a pedestal fool you. Heaven is where the heart is.”
9.) My Nightmare’s Dream - “All, I need! All, all, I need!” - vintage record player edition.
10.) Sail - This iconic radio hit is about how no one really cares about each other. At all. We’re so busy justifying ourselves we forget about the billions of others that are doing the same. ADD = Attention Deficit Disorder. Basically, it’s someone that doesn’t get the attention they need.
11.) Wake Up - I once thought this song was possessed by a demon. As it turns out, I just didn’t want to get out of my bed so comfy. This is like some reggae-jazz-pop fusion.
12.) Not Your Fault - This is like the epic finale of the story. It is an alternative electro-rock starship. It’s about taking responsibility, when you stop blaming your love and start taking accountability for your own misguided actions. It’s really quite touching. The music video is silly, but I really kinda like it. It’s got an undeniable charm to it, and sums up this song very well in its own weird, unconventional way.
13.) All I Need - You are one of one-thousand pilgrims, congregating to the coastal church of Awol. This is the hymn you all sing in unison, as one, together. “All I need is you smiling at me.”
14.) Knights of Shame - I haven’t listened to this one very much, so I’ll let you all decide for yourselves. Still, I’ll preface with this thought - “knights” are supposed to be honorable. These ones are from the putrid land of shame, where it’s all smiles and laughter until someone gets serious.
15.) I literally have never heard of this song until just now. Huh. It must have not been on my version of the album.
10/10. Fantastic effort. Same with Run! I actually loved that album before I gave this one a second shot. I’m glad I did :)