In many of my reviews where I tend to discuss once in a while on this new classic, old school music revival that’s been taking by storm by many artists and bands these days. That’s right, this isn’t only happening in Movies and TV, but every day we find many acts who in some way have been “rebooting” or “remaking” old sounds for a modern audience. Sometimes, just as the films and series, one does wonder if that’s even necessary. And the answer, very much like those other formats, is always: maybe. Unfortunately today’s music as a whole feels more generated and less authentic as time goes by, so it feels like few people inside and outside the industry have found the way to fix this by basically getting back to the days when music was mostly original and creative.
About Last Night CD cover alone breathes retro right away, and right after you play the first song on the record, “Were you Really Ever Mine?”, the whole melody and vocals feels like a throwback to the 80s Punk Rock-ish songs by the likes of Violent Femmes, Pat Buchanan. It also has that nice Sing Street’s “Drive It Like You Stole It” 50s vibe attached to it. “She Loves Me” is another fast-paced track that gets under your skin and rush you out into complete fun and madness. Things somehow slow down with the title track, it also feels much modern with many listeners definitely feeling some nostalgia, especially if you had your “emo period”. In the end, the record really feels like a great tribute album to the bands that Repko listened and influenced his music as he grew up.
Speaking of originality, the album lose some points on this category. While the music is pretty good, I couldn’t stop thinking about those artists that inspired each of the songs. Sometimes the strong similarities pretty much overshadows Repko unique voice as an original artist, to the point I can see many people complaining and calling it a complete rip-off.
Criteria - 80%
Overall, this is an artist with great potential. The music is indeed very catchy and fully entertaining. If you get to put detach the strong similarities with other bigger and most iconic talents out there that Rhett clearly drinks from, you are in for a good ride.