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October 2020
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Alex G - Rocket

Rife with earnest truths that do little to take themselves seriously.
Alex G - Rocket
Published: 12:20 pm, May 18, 2017
Rife with earnest truths that do little to take themselves seriously.

Label: Domino Records
Released: 19th May 2017
Rating: ★★★

The first half of this eighth offering from Alex G is a serene and docile affair - beautiful melodies are draped around complex ideas; some folk, some country and a little bit of what’s in between means you’re all the more susceptible for the barrage that comes from middle point ‘Bridge’.

Furious and sounding like the soundtrack from a Guy Ritchie film, it’s distorted to the max and completely sideswipes your expectations. Though 'Bridge' is an anomaly, something of a pallet cleanser, it serves more as a reminder that Alex G might craft these pleasant ditties but beneath all this lies a sharp mind that is as filled with musical sensibility as it is fire.

Littered throughout also are duets that accentuate the melodies Alex G crafts. ‘Bobby’ is the first example, with frequent collaborator Emily Yacina’s voice taking on a similarly vulnerable shake like Alex’s does - a perfect matching. ‘Rocket’ is rife with earnest truths that do little to take themselves seriously, making it a quintessential staple of Alex G and all of his efforts. Steven Loftin

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