I done goofed up.
I reviewed this album already. Somehow in the process of putting together the spreadsheet and assembling the preview sampler mix late last year I completely and totally forgot about the existing review post. But, I’m forcing myself to stick with the roster as written. So here we are.
The good news is that I still love this record. As a bonus, it continues our little trend of counterbalancing the earlier angst-and-woe selections with some nice upbeat danceable fun.
What is it?
Cocoon is the 2014 debut full-length album by the singer/songwriter who has dubbed herself Queen of Hearts. There was an EP called The Arrival a few years beforehand so it’s up to you if you want to consider that the debut rather than this. Given that these two releases are all we have to work with so far, it probably doesn’t matter too much yet.
How does it sound?
Mix the sampler to my heart:
Why this pick?
Usually with the dance-y electronica type stuff, it’s a dude or a couple of dudes and they hire a woman to do the singing. (See the Space Brothers album earlier in this year’s lineup.) This is a nice example of coming at it from the other direction: The singer/songwriter and her voice (literally and figuratively) are foremost.
Which songs are the highlights?
“Freestyle” and “Shoot the Bullet” survive from the earlier EP to anchor this album with some known quantities, and they’re definitely standouts here.
There’s so much more to enjoy, though! For straight-up head-bopping hip-wiggling good times there’s also “Neon” and “Like A Drug” and “It Isn’t Enough” and also “Overcome By The Rhythm.”
It’s not all high-tempo feel-good fun-times, though. One of my favorites on the record is serious & somber “Warrior,” while the album closes with the lovely “Tears In The Rain.”
Which songs don’t work so well?
“Heartbeat” doesn’t quite gel for me. Luckily it’s the shortest track out of the 14 on offer. “Angel,” likewise, is a bit of a miss.
“Suicide” isn’t scored low because it’s bad, I just have a heard time with that word as a key part of the chorus in any song, sorry. It’s not you, song, it’s me!
Which album did you almost pick in favor of this one?
Had I been paying attention I’d have ended up with something by some other artist entirely. That one-off by a band nobody’s heard of, The Men, maybe. (I saw them at the Roseland Theater way back when, with Cree Summer’s band Subject To Change as the opening act. Heck of a show!)
I was hoping for a new Queen of Hearts record to come out before the end of the year so I could cheat a little and write about that instead, but, such is life!
Any final thoughts?
Double-check your work, kids. Your WordPress site comes with a search feature. Use it!