We got the opportunity to review a band in which we had not heard before. As with all reviews we do, an initial check is done and Dearly Beloved passed it with flying colours. So with go deep into the sound of Dearly Beloved, in time for the album release tomorrow.
About Dearly Beloved
Dearly Beloved is a Toronto based rock band known for their high energy levels at their live performances.
Album – Admission
They look to bring that high energy into a very creativity filled environment for this album. With the help of Daniel Rey and Dave Grohl, they should be set on their way.
The Album was produced by Daniel Rey best known for his work with the Ramones and Misfits.
Dave Grohl’s influence is in the recording studio setup. It was recorded in Dave Grohl’s Studio 666 on a 70s era Neva 8028 analogue console (famed for helping give us “Nevermind”). Yes, we don’t know what a Neva 8028 is either but they set themselves up for success with a great producer and some great equipment.
With the album set up creatively and with a few good luck charms in place, they took only 14 days to record the album. In album making terms its super quick.
Track by Track Thoughts
RIP – High tempo beginnings with a few head banging chorus sections to start it off with.
These Data – Cracking opening riff and a catchy hook lyric “These things just don’t add up”. The slowdown beat to the back end of the song peaked our interest with the changeup.
I Tried to Leave – It felt weaker on initial listen to the rest of the songs on the album. However, this is more of a grower with it twisting the start and developing it sound later into the song.
Who Wants to Know – Good intro build up with it starting with a guitar solo to drums then the rest follow. It shows the album has depth with it creatively been different to the beginning three songs. The duet of male and female voices does this especially.
Strobe-Dousing – One of the better songs with a more relaxed feel to it. It adds a complex variety of drum beats and guitar rhythms. Good beat changes to keep us hooked.
Currents – Slower and softer song in a particularly drum and guitar heavy album. It feels like a current of water running through a stream it has it ebbs and flows.
Blood in the Water – Lyrically heavy introduction makes it bit of an oddball song on the album. Once we got over the beginning, it drew us in.
Boxing Days – Gentle but deep song. Weird song that got us drifting off and weird concept of a false finish to a song. We thought it finished when it did not.
When You Had the Choice – Feels more traditional beat wise to what the previous songs do to the ear. You can hear each element of the song setup with the drums, the guitar rhythm and the vocals all heard clearly. That makes it not as deep rhythmically complex as a few others.
Future Shock – A Bang of instruments and a crash of sound.
It’s a weird one. Some tracks keep the ear occupied with a good guitar/drum beat, and my ear could handle it for the most part. However some songs felt too harsh with its drums or its guitars or just did not work overall to my ear.
Who Wants to Know, Strobe-Dousing and Currents are the stand out songs from the album.
Overall score 3 out of 5. Brings the sound and heavy beats. It hiccups a few times but the good tracks make up for a few weird style choices.