A novice would need the help of many, but a genius is better than great in its own. Many artists throughout the history of music has proven this. A few have blessed other fellows (some new kids on the block, other geniuses) and have created this iconic musical acts. Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Porcupine Tree, just to name a random group of bands. They are all made up musicians that have crossed the boundaries of their own craft by playing with different sounds, coming out with new techniques and what not. Well, today I’m pleased to add a new name into the table.
A Sheik’s Legacy is the definition of epicness in the simplest way as possible. You immediately get the feeling as if this was written and recorded by an essemble, or at least a six piece and is when you learn this is the product of some 20 something Brit guy in Minnesota. Most of the songs last less than 5 minutes and yet they feel as this larger than life, opus tracks. Thomas Abban dives into a wide range of genres in a blink of an eye, “Fear” for example starts with this nice Country riffs, then it changes into what it sounds like Metal to then break through into an Alternative collision. “Time To Think” fools you into believing for a second that this is perhaps just a little breath in between the good chaos that have been taking place til that point; but the drums that play a great role into the entire album, sets the bridge between the quiet and the explosive. Abban’s high-pitch vocal falsetto are always on point, it never goes to the extreme and it does feels like organic, in some cases even orgasmic. It reminds you to James Blunt, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (At The Drive In) and it even has some Thom Yorke undertones. When the instruments aren’t blowing your mind off, the great vocals haunt and hunts you down.
There isn’t any negative to say. At the very beginning, it felt like Abban got stuck into this massive songs that they started to feel a bit repetitive – however, he eventually picks up and brings out different layers that makes of this record a very ecclectic and a must-listen.
Criteria - 95%
In the end, A Sheik's Legacy by Thomas Abban is GRAMMY material and even they would be any lucky to nominate this guy. He's a gem in the rough waiting to discover. Many complain about there's no talent, but true is there are - they are just waiting to be discovered. Question is: what are you waiting for?