A few weeks ago I let you in on one of Washington States many musical secrets, Strangely Alright. Well, they have just released their effort “The Time Machine is Broken” It delivers as I suspected it would. I was safely transported to and from my destination. So, I guess in my case the time machine isn’t broken, and well, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.
The songs are all well written though sometimes I really didn’t feel the song kick into a natural groove until the first chorus. Once the chorus hit the songs soared and the groove of the album was found and provided a quite enjoyable listening experience.
There are many catchy phrases in the songs where you say to yourself “Damn how come I didn’t write that?!” Whether Regan is writing about his experiences or drawing from others close to him it is clear that this is a very personal album. The songs revolve around lives lived, mistakes made and turning points that have changed their lives and made them realize the world is a two way street. You get only what you give and at the end of the day giving is better then receiving. Love and forgiveness.
Reflective of that thought process is one of the slower songs on the album “If I don’t laugh I’m only going to cry”. The song reflects the distance they have travelled and how time has matured them. It is in this song that we find the albums title. There is a lyric questioning the possibility that they have become their parents and really is that such a bad thing?
“Before the Fall” is another slower song that dives into one’s self and sees how others have given so selflessly and the only way to repay that is to give themselves completely to the other and in that realization there is a clarity and warmth even as the summer sun settles.
So while the lyrical content of the album is complex and not just a bunch of pop songs so common in today’s world, it is still an easy listening experience. I don’t mean Barry Manilow easy listening. I mean that the songs lyrics are combined with structurally sound adult alternative pop and catchy choruses that welcome you to sing along.
Towards the end of the albums closing we find that Regan and the rest of Strangely Alright (Ken Schaff:Bass, Jeff Reiner:Lead Guitar, Lee Gregory:Keys and Preston Darvill:Drums) have all found the “Direction Home” and end the album on a very upbeat summery tops down in the convertible kind of song aptly titled ‘You and Me” and when we get to our destination “let’s share a bowl of Capt’n Crunch”.
So do something nice for your ears today and go check out the new album from Strangely Alright
you’ll be glad that you did.