Avicii dropped his first studio album, True, on Tuesday this week. I’ve listened to the tracks quite a bit since then, and thought I’d review the album here, as he is one of my favorite artists. I’ll keep the review short, and give you a couple links where you can find reviews in greater depth than what I’m about to do. Check the bottom of the post for links to the album and reviews.
I’ll be frank in my review; I was disappointed. Nearly every song on the album was very different from what Avicii normally does. In this respect, this is a truly genre-changing album for the EDM world. The album isn’t bad; the production is of top quality, and there’s clearly been a lot of hard work behind it. That being said, the music wasn’t to my taste. A lot of the music felt more like pop music to me, and I’m just not into that kind of stuff. Because of this, the album left me disappointed.
On the album itself: this album is different in that it features a lot of soul and reggae in the music, really bending the parameters of the electronic music it normally is. Almost every track features a reggae star, so the album definitely has a soul feeling to it. The production is great as usual, and the work is certainly unique. However, if you’re expecting Avicii’s normal work, with exhilerating beats and drops, you’ll be in for a surprise. There is very little of what Avicii is known for in this album; it doesn’t have a huge EDM feel.
Despite being disappointed, the songs may still grow on me later, as a lot of his work does. Avicii’s in for a lot of success with this album; given the pop feeling, I think it’ll attract a wider fan base. I still like Avicii, but I’ll pass on this album…at least for the time being.
On a final note, here are my favorite tracks from the album: Wake Me Up and Hey Brother are both feel good songs, heavily influenced by country; You Make Me has some great piano chord progression, and Edom is the only song where only Avicii is on the track, making it a throwback to his normal style; finally, Dear Boy is growing on me, as I hope a lot more of his work soon will.
Try this link for streaming the album (I can’t guarantee that it’ll be up for much longer, given copyright issues): http://www.youredm.com/2013/08/07/stream-aviciis-upcoming-album-true/
And this link has a bit more detailed of a review of the album than I have, check it out: http://soundisstyle.com/2013/09/avicii-true-album-stream.html
And one more, greater analysis here: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/aviciis-true-what-critics-are-631740