Relax Listen (who often fall into the category of Easy Listening, but blend styles including Jazz, Pop and Rock) have a brand new album out called ‘Tonight’.
Although the Tonight album is not strictly a concept album; like my favourite Relax Listen album to date Through a Looking Glass, or the clever dREaM album, there is an ongoing theme throughout a lot of the tracks which to me conjures up a late night feeling of clubs in the 70’s and 80’s.
Here’s a track by track review of the Tonight album:
Track 1 - Tonight - aims to set the feel for the album and succeeds with a 70’s nightclub vibe and the intro leads to an unexpected melody!
Track 2 - All there is - continues this retro 70's/80’s vibe with its pleasant melody.
Track 3 - Mellow - takes us a little bit away from the first two tracks, although it does have a funky and groovy disco feel!. It is actually one of the most popular tracks with Relax Listen fans and is taken from their Gallery (a collection of pictures) album. It is so popular in fact, that 22,000 fans are now following on the Jango radio station
Track 4 - The small hours - this seems to take the listener away again from the club scene, maybe even to a nighttime dream of sailing away on a small boat on a tranquil sea.
Track 5 - Any night - We return, this time to the upbeat 80’s pop era.
Track 6 - A little night music - Has a distinctive walking upright bass with a lead piano running through the track. I would describe it as a swing beat with a slight hint of melancholy. It has a mysterious melody and is placed well on this album to give it a nice musical twist.
Track 7 - Meet my eyes - The melody in this has an 80’s/90’s feel which again, mixes the album up for the listener.
Track 8 - Neon - This, to me conjures up images of 80’s cop show themes, but also wouldn’t be out of place in a quiet cocktail bar of that time!
Track 9 - Round circle - This has a really well produced, original stereo effect of jumping from speaker to speaker towards the middle. If it was out in the 70’s, it would no doubt have been described as ‘groovy!’.
Track 10 - Just Knowing - This has a beautiful and powerful melody and gives the effect of a small string orchestra playing. Along with ‘The small hours’, it is a definite highlight of the album.
Track 11 - Not just another night - This again is very pleasant on the ears, if you combine the tune with the title you could believe it was written about a night that ended very well for someone, perhaps with a romance in the air.
Track 12 - Towards Home - has another pleasant melody.
Track 13 -Tweedle mixes things up once more as it is actually taken from the previously reviewed ‘Through a looking glass’ album. (In this alternative universe to Lewis Carroll’s, Tweedle is actually a suave ladies man!)
Track 14- Relaxair definitely concludes the album in a chilled out way, as was the intention!
I would recommend this album if you’re a fan of the 70’s/80’s and want to shut your eyes, relax and be transported to the vibe of that time!
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