Admission, the fifth album from duo Dearly Beloved was released on 27th January. For a two piece, their music has many different layers, and clearly both members of the group are well qualified in several instruments.
Admission opens with RIP, which has elements of different genres: straight up 4/4 rock, ska, garage, and classic rock to name a few. These genres are not usually mixed together, however Dearly Beloved pull it off.
Dearly Beloved have a unique sound for a modern group. Admission was recorded at Studio 666, owned by Dave Grohl, recorded on the very same console as Nirvana‘s Nevermind. Analogue consoles tend to capture more warmth and tone than many digital consoles used today. The song I Tried To Leave captures the sound of rock from the 70s and 80s not only in written style, but also in the recording, which is partially down to the legendary console. Adding to that ‘old garage’ sound is producer Daniel Rey, who produced Ramones and Misfits.
Who Wants To Know includes more alternative themes than the tracks that precede it. It sounds a little like tracks from Muse‘s debut album Showbiz, but with more garage. With a repeating riff and some exploration with the melody, it’s a tune that won’t leave the listener’s head any time soon.
Around halfway through the album in Strobe-Dosing there is some exploration with musical themes that is rarely seen in modern music. However, the abrupt end to the track jars the listener. The track that follows, Currents, follows the same sort of structure, however the listener may start to get bored here.
The second half of Admission is far more experimental than the first half, which is the more commercial half. As Dearly Beloved are a group who regularly tour, it would be interesting to see how they pull off a live show with only two core members.
The penultimate track, When You Had The Choice, returns to the more commercial side of Dearly Beloved. It would be a good choice for a single.
The final track, Future Shock, contains a lot more energy than the rest of the album and would also be a great choice for a single. It’s a particularly good track to end an album with as it will stick in the listener’s head for a long time after the album has finished.
All in all, although there is a dip in the middle where some listeners may not enjoy the experimental side of Dearly Beloved, Admission is a good album, containing variation of genre and is a new and exciting twist on an old style of music.