Alter bridge - Blackbird

by Lewis

Blackbird is the second studio album to be recorded by the band. The first album which was called One day remains was released in 2004, around the time when the band formed. There was a big difference between One day remains and Blackbird.

One day remains had a heavy vibe to it like the track Metallingus which was the most popular song on the album, whereas blackbird had a few heavy songs but also had powerful ballad type tracks, for example “blackbird” the song named after the album was a memorable, powerful and epic song that leaves you speechless wanting to listen to it over and over. These two songs are very different in each other with proves the different styles and melodies that this band can pull off.

When I first heard blackbird for the first time I was quite blown away with the tracks that were recorded onto the album including songs like “come to life” which had a heavy melodic style to it whilst also giving a grungy feel at the same time. Other heavy songs with a very good structure in them included “White Knuckles” and “Ties that bind” which were heavy but unique in there own way, “White Knuckles” was quite a fast track which had good drum and guitar patterns through the song. “Ties that bind” opened with a good guitar riff with a good build up to the chorus of the song.

Whilst blackbird had many fast and heavy tracks there were also quite slow melodic tracks like “Wayward One” which starts off slow and builds itself up to quite a loud powerful chorus then takes its way back to a nice slow verse with a nice smooth drum pattern, and good guitar riff, the vocals go well with song, it makes the song have more feeling and emotion.

Another similar song to “Wayward One” is “Brand New Start”. It has the similar drum pattern and vocals but it is very different in its own way. It also has the similar build up to the chorus with powerful vocals and very dynamic instruments.

The band in my opinion have succeeded really well with recording this album because it shows how they can create such a different sound from there last album, also it also lets you feel how they can play such amazing solos and perform rock like ballads like “Blackbird”.

I think alter bridge has brought out a very well written album, with some songs that leave you amazed and some songs you just want to listen to over and over, with the unique vocals of Myles Kennedy and the fantastic dynamics and sound of the instruments, this bands album is no question of a doubt one of the finest and unique sounding albums to hit shop shelves and if they continue to create wonderful sounding music like this they will continue to sell millions of copies around the world, if you have not listened to the album i highly recommend that you do so because it is a beautifully made album that needs to gain more and more reputation from around the globe.

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My name is Andrew Muller. I love creative art, music, television shows, movies, video games, and a good story.

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