Torn between loyalty and honesty, Tickets There has been dreading the thoughts of writing this review for a long time now. As massive fans of Oliver Cole’s former group, Turn, we’ve never really gotten the same excitement, enjoyment or fulfillment from the singer’s solo material. That being said, Oliver possesses a charm, style and above all, a talent that you just can’t ignore. So here we are, four years after Turns demise, still waiting for Ollie to produce something to fill the void left since their absence. Thankfully, we’re delighted to report that our fears and hesitations have finally been appeased.
Musically, the album gets harder and harder to define with each listen. Tracks like What Will You Do?, Oh My Girl and Too Many People bounce around with quietly restrained catchiness and easy going vibes. Drug Song and Little Bad Dream take their cues from a country backing while more soulful pieces like Close Your Eyes, We Albatri, Spotlight and the excellent Need You Strong are far more stripped back and powerful. Each song possess it’s own unique charm and style but they still manage to blend perfectly together giving the album a great flow.
Lyrically the album is heavy. Moth’s Wing, Need You Strong, Close Your Eyes and Spotlight are filled with sadness and themes of lamenting love, memories and regrets. Oliver’s immense talent for writing extremely personal and profound music combined with his incredibility soulful vocals give the songs a passion and an edge that few in this country can match.
Unlike other reviewers, Tickets There won’t commit that this album upstages Oliver’s past. However, we’ll say this. We Albatri continues Oliver’s great tradition of writing and recording incredibly passionate and diverse music. Thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish and only improves with repeated listens.
Check Out: Oh My Girl, We Albatri, Too Many People, Little Bad Dream…agh, just buy the album and check em all out.
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