Top positive review
September 25, 2013
If somebody would've told me a year ago that Avicii makes different kind of music other than progressive house, I would've mocked them. Not so anymore. This album is a great surprise for me as an Electronica fan. Evidently, the artist took time to create a melange of different kinds of music along with typical Swedish House beats. Songs such as "Wake Me Up", "Hey Brother" or "Lay Me Down" are products of influence that country and disco music holds in artist's mind. So let's break it down track-by-track.
1. "Wake Me Up" - album's hit. Nothing much to add. Starts with guitar sounds and slowly progresses to the climax.
2. "You Make Me" - bass and piano. Kind of indie.
3. "Hey Brother" - very country-like song. Similar in style with the first track.
4. "Addicted to You" - sung by Audra Mae. Song goes by without any major breaks or progressions.
5. "Dear Boy" - If you liked "I Could Be The One" by Avicii vs. Nicky Romero, you'll like it too, since it's very similar.
6. "Liar Liar" - nothing like Avicii at all. Very chilled version comparing to "Tomorrowland Version", so if you expect major breaks and bass attack, that's not it.
7. "Shame on Me" - back to his style. Starts with percussion and slowly prepares you for whatever-big-is-coming.
8. "Lay Me Down" - disco is back in town. I was surprised to hear this song mixed with house-like beats, yet to realize it's still disco.
9. "Hope There's Someone" - you have to wait long before this song really reveals itself. Very beautifully sung by Linea Henriksson.
10. "Heart Upon My Sleeve" - another song that keeps switching from country to orchestra-like music, yet without lyrics, which makes it the only song that has no lyrics in this album.
Avicii does indeed revolutionizes EDM by bringing back and adding different genres of music. In short, he shows the impossible being done. This album testifies that he's not a prisoner to his own style and he is willing to take risks to create something so much greater. For that, Avicii deserves to be respected.