All I Think About starts with an energetic clap and stomp sound that sets the stage for the various paths that The Great Escape will take on their eponymous album. This first track introduces listeners to Amie Miriello, whom is able to craft her own distinct musical path while taking up the standard previously carried by Lorde and Adele. The hard, seventies-infused rock that hits hard during this first track will immediately draw attention to The Great Escape.
Rebel is another amazing track; in the first minute, there is a thematic call to Frank Zappa, the overall theatricality of Alice Cooper, and a Detroit rock trapping that links together The White Stripes and The Rapture. Amie’s vocals move through periods of quicker and slower tempos, a move that showcases the sheer range of styles and approaches which The Great Escape is capable. The Secret Song has a call and response opening that allows the band to build off of the timeless sounds of the bluegrass, country, and gospel styles. There is a current and contemporary sound that could easily be played on radio; The Great Escape is able to build a unique style in the same way that Mumford and Sons and Matt and Kim have over the last decade.
I Just Can’t Help Myself is a close and cozy track that allows The Great Escape to try something wholly different, while gently putting the break on one of the most epic albums that we have heard this year. The dramatic tension that builds and ebbs during this track build upon Rufus Wainwright’s cover of Hallelujah while allowing each band member an opportunity to establish a bewitching conclusion to a magical album.
Top Tracks: Don’t Wake Me Up, I Just Can’t Help Myself
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