Monday, 9 September 2013

True-ly Epic!

True-ly Epic!

If you’re a fan of house music, then Avicii needs no introduction. In fact, this house DJ is probably one of Sweden’s best export, apart from IKEA and electronic dance music trio, Swedish House Mafia (what do they feed their kids there in Sweden? Seriously).

Who would have thought a name that represents the lowest level of hell (Avicii in Sanskrit translates as the “non-returning hell”) can make people euphoric. Anyway, I am here not to discuss about the underlying meaning of Tim Bergling’s on-stage pseudonym, but about his new, much-anticipated album, True.


The album is due to be released on 13th September this year, but at point of writing, there are a few sources that have leaked the full album for those who actually looked out for it.

One thing that’s really prominent from his previous album, Levels is the country music elements he incorporated. For a person who is kind of into fusion and cross-genre, I say that this is a win. Avicii married house and country so flawlessly while complementing the featured vocals well, and all this with still keeping true to his style in every song.

He had Audra Mae (who some people thought was Lana Del Rey and Adele from the similar vocals), Salem Al Fakir, Blondfire, Nile Rodgers, Adam Lambert (don’t cringe), Linnea Henriksson, and Dan Reynolds in his songs.

Most of the songs have really huge guitar elements (due to the bluegrass and country influences), but he cleverly balanced it out with heavy bass. The occasional appearances of the piano, banjo and violin is also refreshing.

To me the misses would be Addicted To You, and maybe Long Road To Hell. However, despite some negative reviews from other critics, as a whole, the album has a lot to offer and can only mean a good future for house music with Avicii’s growing grasp towards his own craft.

Give the album a listen yourself, and let me know what you think of it.

Here are my top three picks from the album:

1. Wake Me Up (Avicii ft. Aloe Blacc)
2. Liar Liar (Avicii ft. Blondfire)
3. You Make Me (Avicii ft. Salem Al Fakir)

- Astro Awani 

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