Did anyone else feel enticed when they listened to Firebug’s Wandering Soul album? Because honestly, as both a music fanatic and a rock fanatic, I was enticed from Follower to The Wind Goes By. In other words, I was enticed from start to finish. Forget about the songs being the sources of enticement because it wasn’t just about the songs this time around. Matter of fact, the songs were just the half of it. What I really cared about was Juliette Tworsey, the lead vocalist. Now, that’s not to say that her voice was the only thing I cared about because that couldn’t be farther from the truth. But, she was a big influence as to why I was immediately hooked on Wandering Soul, the new album by Firebug released by the Spectra Music Group.
One of the aspects I really appreciated about this album was the rock dynamic. Like many other rock albums (and rock groups), Wandering Soul dabbles in a lot of rock-like genres. Specifically, I’m talking about classic rock, alternative rock, punk rock, and perhaps indie rock. But, what makes this pretty special is that Firebug pays intricate attention to certain instruments, especially regarding sound. Seriously, I can’t tell you how many songs I’ve heard that had a serious drum emphasis. At least five or six times, I said, “You’ve got to be kidding me! Those drums are downright SICK!!!” And don’t even get me started on the guitar riffs! Anyone who knows me well, and I mean VERY well, knows that I am a die-hard lover of guitar riffs. That would explain why I listen to a little bit of Metallica, a lot of My Chemical Romance, and a little bit of Blue Judy (an indie rock band). In songs like The River and Follower, I simply could not get over the talent that Jules Shapiro, the lead guitarist, possessed. It’s musical cases like those that make music and rock fanatics, like myself, appreciate more the construction of the song and not just the song itself.
It’s true that many songs on this album were very likeable to me. However, my favorite song was most definitely The Wind Goes By. The way the song starts, you’d think it’s a classical piece, inspired by the likes of Mozart and Beethoven. That’s just the beauty of its mellowness. Then, it brings you back to the fact that you’re listening to a rock album and puts things in perspective. For people who love both the rock and classical genres, they can definitely relate to this song’s construction. Truth be told, there’s been a silent war going on between the rock and classical genres because of their differing music styles. Fortunately, it’s coming to an end…slowly, but surely. But, you didn’t hear that from me… that’s just an observation.
In conclusion, this album, by God, will entice you from beginning to end. So, the next time you’re wandering in a music store, be sure to check out Firebug’s Wandering Soul. Impressed? You most certainly will be!