Avicii's True album debuted on Spotify. You can go take a listen and come back because while you're feeling the aftermath of the album, I will give you my honest opinions on whether this album is truly amazing.
So if you checked out my reviews for the first and second singles, Wake Me Up and You Make Me respectively, you will know I am eagerly awaiting True even though I did not put it in the top 5 of my most anticipated fall albums. It was just too soon, and I'm glad I got to listen to it firsthand before it's release worldwide. Let's get to it.
So the first two tracks are Wake Me Up and You Make Me, easily setting the tone for the album, and just chucks you straight into it. While you may get refreshed from these hits, the album has a lot more to offer than the first two. Just after relishing from the excitement you've had from the second track, comes another Wake Me Up-esque type track in the form of Hey Brother. What this track once again Avicii does so well is blend it together with country, as you can hear from the start, reminiscent to the first single. However, this track also is emotionally steadfast, entirely focused on bridging a gap towards brothers and sisters. Lyrically, the song is constructed to such amazing words and yet, offers the vibe that once again sets you off to dance mayhem just like the first single. I know I'm comparing much, but the similarities are clear and can be heard, with even the synthesizers blaring straight right after the chorus. It's one of the highlights of the track definitely, and is just great from start to finish. Addicted To You is also one of my favourites. You may mistake the singer for Adele, but it really isn't. Audre Mae is the singer, and so smooth and soothing that she sings that it brings another tone for the album. Once again, Avicii's amazing talent sprawls over the track like a net to catch it. It's one I recommend you to listening to, as it's entirely different yet powerful. Mae's vocals soar and eclipses something else entirely, but I wished the song was longer as it could've been transformed into a well-pried single. What's next may surprise everyone, with the longest song on the record, Dear Boy may look to you as a very poignant track and it might feel very dreading. On the contrary, Avicii sets the pace so well that you don't feel bored from the play button. The Danish singer, known as Mø, sets the tone pretty well just like all the other features. Besting even Mae's soaring vocals, the track has everything settled in nicely.
Make no mistake, the whole album has no bad songs. I may not like some, but while most of these tracks may seem repetitive, but the positive point to note is you never get sick and tired of any of the songs on the album. While people are pointing out on Liar Liar and Heart Upon My Sleeve's different renditions of which Avicii played a month back at Tomorrowland, it's no surprise that these two tracks aren't exactly the ones you'd skip as well. Liar Liar has astute vocals while my problem was Spotify's version which didn't include Dan Reynold's of Imagine Dragons on the latter track. With that, I went out to find the song that had it, and man, the song was immediately radioactive (pun intended). The songs otherwise, are great additions while not really accompanying the vibe and tone which has been set before.
Now on to the biggest highlight for me, Lay Me Down. With appearances and contributions from Nile Rodgers (who also helped Daft Punk's Get Lucky and another on their recent album) and Adam Lambert, this was the track I wanted to listen to due to lofty expectations I had set for it. Does it deliver? Hell yes. Avicii's memorable drum beats and Lambert's amazing vocals once again is put in a dish that is so well served that listening to it once is not enough. You never get tired, just like any of the tracks on the album, and Lay Me Down would even top my favourites list off this album alongside Wake Me Up. So viciously offered and magnificently laid that Rodgers, Lambert and Avicii should get even more credit for this track. It's infused very well with house, pop and the ultimate EDM of the album. The breakdown also includes Rodger's signature guitar plays.
Overall, the album is fat with EDM surprises and ferociously driven by highlighting tracks such as Wake Me Up, Hey Brother, Addicted To You, Lay Me Down and Heart On My Sleeve, all of which are the voraciously daring tracks that you should and need to listen to. It's not demanding, as each track is amazing in it's own way. Through genre-mashing and capable assistance, Avicii has delivered on all directions. While I didn't really comment on the cover of Hope There's Someone and Shame on Me, they certainly are EDM-filled tracks that packs a huge punch as well.
9.5/10 - True is Avicii's collection of well-acclaimed hits and amazing tracks. It doesn't disappoint, but rather the anticipation is well worth it. You will love every single track on the album, and Avicii's debut album certainly won't just top charts around the world. It will set off an amazing chain reaction, so go off and tell your friends about this amazing album. Avicii deserves a standing ovation for such glorious work and he has not only just set the pace, but the EDM bar has been raised so much higher. And I'll say it: True is one of this year's best albums for sure.
Benny Ong: Just your regular guy who likes soccer more than most people, and also a little downtime is pretty nice.