Not every artist can strip down to their rawest nerve and openly share their exposed heart, but for Plastic Yellow Band and their emotionally charged album Above Gravity, emotion is all you get, and you get it beautifully produced.
Since Plastic Yellow Band focuses strongly on the musical journey and not just the creation of a song itself, I will start by saying that this journey starts out in a very inspirational and unorthodox sort of way. The opening track Starlight is over twenty-one minutes long and ranges from a distant piano that sounds like something Mike Oldfield would have created, to a RUSH inspired guitar riff that ignites the track into a full rock ballad that ends on a sweet note. This particular track is made even more powerful when you take into account that it was created as a dedication to all who have lost someone that they deeply loved. Twenty-one minutes is long for anything, but for this track it was well worth the time put in to listen.
Moving though the rest of the album the songs do not fail to impress, and they do not use as much time as the epic Starlight did either, which is good for any band that hopes to hit the radio waves someday.
As soon as I heard the track You Lied To Me, I thought about Tom Petty. This track is very much the sound I have grown up with, and I love that sound. The vocals here are not like Mr.Petty, but the guitar-meets-church organ is as close to a tribute to the Free Fallin legend as it can get. Lyrically the song is as strong as the musical backbone, and it would be a great choice of future singles for this band.
A few songs in and you start to realize that this band doesn’t want to stick to putting out identical songs one after another, instead they choose to showcase their vast arsenal of inspiration and knowledge over the albums entirety. Rather than take a guess at their influences here, I will respectively just say that this is a band that knows a lot about good music and how to make it.
If you like rock, blues, and truly honest music with depth, then this is an album you won’t want to overlook. Solid all the way through and it gets better the louder you play it, so turn it up!
Written By: Ryan Donnelly