Still Blue Still Turning- Hurricanes (2012)

Posted: February 13, 2012 by Is This Revolutionary? in Album, Reviews
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This album is one I hold close to my heart. Hurricanes was written during the course of the nights when Hurricane Irene hit the shores of the east coast (namely New Jersey and New York); I can just imagine sitting by my window, as Ryan and Ray were, watching the torrential downpour flood the streets and tear up trees in its wake. The sound really fits that mood as well, making you feel alone and afraid of what damage may occur, yet slightly comforted.

Still Blue Still Turning have a technique that I’ve noticed since their first album, and watched it progress more and more until it finally became all too real. Their ability is taking a traumatic event and making it peaceful, yet provocative. For example,  off their album Simone, they have a track titled “RFK”, which captures a very famous death in the most serene format. Broadcaster’s speech over minimalist glory, you are placed between the intensity of the words and the calm of the music. Similarly off of Hurricanes comes the sequence of “Troy Davis”-“Early Morning”-“Troy Davis II”, which moved me to tears. I sat there, watching, sobbing & shaking, as a man was put to death. Hearing his voice on these tracks made me want to yell out in despair, yet the soothing tones behind him made him  sound almost angelic, quieting me like a child.

Hurricanes, like Still Blue Still Turning’s other releases, is a pensive presentation of sound, complex in its simplicity, powerful in its modesty. Appropriate for almost any occasion, this album gives the listener an abnormal sense of self self, transcending the physical plane into the spiritual, illuminating inner thoughts, desires and even realizations of one’s one mortality. Pushing their own boundaries, they feature the voice of Aimee Bhatia, which is a pleasant addition.

Rating: Another strong showing from Brooklyn’s Finest, Still Blue Still Turning creates their most symbolic album to date. Every sort of emotion is poured out over 119 minutes of artistic talent. Getting better with age, Still Blue Still Turning nails it once again. 4/5 kegs.

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