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Review: 'Pluralone'
'I Don't Feel Well'   

-  Label: 'ORG Music/bandcamp'
-  Genre: 'Indie' -  Release Date: '16.10.20.'

Our Rating:
This is Pluralone's second album and the first one recorded since Pluralone's main man Josh Klinghoffer left The Red Hot Chili Peppers.

The album opens with the slow piano led Red Don't Feel, that as much as I can tell isn't about the character in Orange Is The New Black, although some of the issues raised in the lyrics could easily apply to this plaintive ballad.

The Night Won't Scare Me is the sort of song that comes on the soundtrack of an Indie horror film just before something unspeakable happens, and that sense in impending dread that you hopefully will survive is central to the feelings this song seems to be trying to evoke while reminding me a lot of Rams Pocket Radio and I'll wash my mouth out for saying Ben Folds Five.

Carry is downbeat depressed and string led with vocals that are rather high and a bit indecipherable so I have no idea what this is really about, it also feels more like background music than anything I'd be likely to try to find out who it's by.

The Report is a sparse snare led song about all sorts of rum goings on, that a report needs writing about, in this year of plague and dread it takes aim at some of the obvious targets.
Steal Away is slow gentle tune infused with strings and piano to help bring home the emotions in the vocals, that may grate on some listeners, but given time to grow on you will do just that.

Mother Nature is the first tune that rocks in any way shape or form and just for that feels like a pick me up despite how the song is about how badly we have treated mother Nature and the state of the planet.

Knowing You sadly isn't followed by the knowing me line and is another piano driven slow meander of a song.

Plank seemingly isn't a diss tune aimed at all the people you'd refer to as being Plank's or to your local yoga instructor, but another spare slow rumination of a song that finally picks up a bit when the percussion comes in and those strings help lift things a bit.

Don't Have To is painfully close to being a bed wetting schmindie ballad and only the detailed production just about saves this song, that is so slight it might just pass me by without sinking in at all.

The album closes with I Hear You that's every bit as sparse as much of the rest of the album and if you like piano led melancholia then this song and the rest of the album are for you, sadly for me most of this album leaves me a little cold.

Find out more at https://pluralone.merchnow.com/ https://www.facebook.com/pluralone/
  author: simonovitch

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