Reviewed by: Lara Supan
Well folks, it’s amateur hour once again.
Pretty sure Arum Rae went out and got the “How to Make an Indie Record for Dummies” book and followed every overplayed, unimaginative cliche to create this boring, uninspired set of tunes. The first word that comes to mind is “sloppy”, with under pitched notes in both the guitar and vocals, rhythms that don’t quite hit their mark and the majority of songs dissolving into nonsense syllables before their culmination.
“Loneliness” is by far the most grievous offender on Waving Wild. There is a sour guitar note within the first two seconds that might knock you out of your chair, and is immediately followed by Rae’s unsupported and also under pitched vocals. By the end of the song she has reverted to singing “oooo” and the guitar never rights it’s pitch issue, continuing to play ear-bending notes that make you question your sanity by the end of the song. One thing that stands out on this album are the interesting, but unfortunately still off the mark, endings to each song. “Let’s Shake” ends with what sounds like Rae having sex, “Visions” ends with Rae attempting whale song, and the final song “What Good is a Heart” doesn’t have an ending at all, instead ending abruptly and unresolved. Although shocking as the closing statement, the end of the album came with much relief so maybe it was a good choice after all.
Waving Wild is a much less than wild attempt at creating a popular sound palatable to the masses. Generic to say the least, each song is devoid of soul, dynamics or creativity. For you pitch sensitive listeners out there, don’t touch this album with a ten foot pole. For the rest of you, it’s still not worth it.
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