The Roads we Take album is about the journey we take through life and the decisions that lead to the actions we ultimately make.
Due to the Covid pandemic it has been nearly two years in the making. Here is my review:
The first track ‘Breezin’ is a nice gentle start musically. Although it does give off a holiday vibe it is actually a story of someone escaping a previous life on a road trip across America trying to reach the Mexican borderlines, a very original theme.
‘Maybe we’ll be missing’ is the second track. It is about planning to escape from a controlled life, overcoming adversity to start over but could have romantic undertones to it.
‘She’s done me wrong’ has a livelier vibe to it. It is an optimistic song about giving a failed relationship another try.
‘A glimpse of you’ is about loss and hope. It is a melancholy song about really missing somebody, which I found moving.
‘So it’s over’ is about the frustrations and pleasure and pain of a relationship that didn’t work out. I particularly noticed the raw, passionate vocals on this.
‘The good times’ is a moving song about wishing how the dying relationship could return to being good friends again. I particularly like the instrumental sounds in this.
The theme of the album then takes a different direction. I like the classical music style intro to ‘Makin’ Money (in the city). The song is about the third worlds’ misery, inequality and distribution of wealth. It is a powerful song. It flows very naturally into ‘The roads we take’ which is about war torn environments, poverty and hardship, things we take for granted in the western world and how we turn a blind eye.
‘I’ll find you’ is a love song about a man determined to find his lost love.
‘Dreamers’ is a shock to the system as at first it sounds like a nice ballad with a funky beat, but it is actually a gritty song about killing the truth.
‘Island in the city’ is a melancholy song telling of islands of poverty, oppression and corporate corruption in the middle of rich cities throughout the world.
‘The truth left unsaid’ is about what happens when things are covered up and facts distorted and how people are left to cope with the aftermath of such events. It could also be interpreted about what people have gone through during the pandemic and how we can still find some optimism.
The last two tracks ‘I remember’ and ‘One good reason’ are both about relationships. ‘I remember’ is about one that has ended with one of the partners being in denial and ‘One good reason’ is about trying to find some redemption and forgiveness after realising the pain and anguish caused to a partner and finding ways to move on.
This is an interesting album with some very original themes.
(All tracks produced by Andy Hubble and Paul Harper, with additional lyrics by John Dietrich)