Today I will be doing a track by track review of an unsigned local bands debut album. The band WOUNDEDSPiRiT are from West Bromwich, West Midlands and this is our review of their debut album – Forever Young.

Good upbeat intro to the first track, Fake News. Lyrics are logical and relevant to today’s society with references to Trump, Brexit etc. Lyrics from Jason Kelly are delivered very powerfully but with a sense of control, it isn’t just a someone screaming their opinions down a microphone. You can here the passion in the chorus, especially the line “Where’s the desire?”. Quality fast-paced track to open the bands debut album.

11months3weeks6days is definitely the song that gets your toes tapping and head bopping whilst driving down the M6. The steady, rhythmic drumming from McTaggert alongside the riffs and vocals creates a sound similar to Embrace’s hit, Ashes, especially the last verse – just a softer approach from WOUNDEDSPiRiT. The backing vocals from Debbie sound beautiful alongside the vocals from Jason create a perfect balance between hard and soft. The melodic piano and thick presence of the bass guitar have such a presence in the song and sound beautiful together.

Strong guitar and bass presence in the third track, Higher, make the band’s sound leap from pop to rock. This clearly displays the variety of talent which the band have. The instrumentals break the song up perfectly making the vocals punch. The variation in tempo keeps the listener on their toes. The guitar solos display the talent of Biggsy, the guitarist and makes us as a listener eager to explore the rest of the album.

The intro to She Knows makes you feel warm inside, and so do the lyrics. This is very much a love ballad, which we lack in today’s music! It’s refreshing to hear a ballad full of passionate lyrics supported the band behind it. This song will speak to those who miss the ones they love and being in love, the emotions behind these feelings are expressed effortlessly through the vocals as you hear the heartache and passion contained within the lyrics. Elton McTaggert’s thunderous performance on the drums is hair-raising.

Within the first 2 seconds, this track became my favourite on the album. The addition of Har-Q is refreshing and is the complete opposite to WOUNDEDSPiRiT’s usual sound but it is amazing. The vast difference in the two music styles of pop from Kelly and rap from Har-Q bring out the beauty in both the band and Har-Q. The dominance of the bass guitar is in it’s glory in this track and the track is just an absolute belter. Favourite song on the album.

10,000 Shades of Blue has that many different sounds in, it takes you on a journey. And electro-poppy beat tempo to open which slowly transitions into a prominent pace from the drums which builds into an explosion of musical madness as it builds up to the chorus. The build resembles that of COLDPLAY and it makes the listener want to hear more. When you can hear a song building it excites you and that’s a perfect way to describe this track. Exciting and energizing.

This album really does get better as it goes on. Love Is By My Side is just a joy to listen to. The gentle intro opens the song beautifully and then the velvet vocals begin. This, from start to finish is faultless. The relationship between Jason and Debbie’s voices are heavenly. The song is perfect to unwind to but full of love. This track is very much one that speaks to the listener and tells a story that everyone can relate to: “I don’t need the sun to shine, to know that love is by my side, love is all I need to survive, love is all I need with you by my side.”

If you’re an old-romantic, this song will make you cry – because it made me weep. Just delightful.

Piano’s/keyboards are never something I enjoy in pop/rock songs but WOUNDEDSPiRiT have changed my mind on that completely. The piano chords really do bring out the best elements of every instrument in Alone (Without You). Furthermore, backing vocals just create another level of depth within the music and again showcase the talent which every member of the band has.

The cover of Alphaville’s Forever Young – which is the title of the album is a joy. Usually covers never live up to the standard of the original but WOUNDEDSPiRiT’s twist on it really does make it their own. The West Brom born band really are a hidden gem.

It’s blatant that the band have had nearly 30 years’ worth of experience between them with the quality of the music that they’ve created. Before I listened to them, I did have my misconceptions and didn’t think I’d enjoy it at all. However, they really have surprised me with the sheer quality and talent which they have. The lyrics, the vocals and the performance as a whole are top quality.

The final track of the album, She, I’m not going to review as I want you to listen to the album for yourselves and tell us what you think.

WOUNDEDSPiRIT – Forever Young, the full album is on Spotify and definitely worth the listen.

It’s a 9/10 from us.

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