Natives of the New Dawn
our score: 1 out of 5
Natives of the New Dawn : Need Something
When I first played this CD, I was almost shocked to hear what sounded like
a complete mish-mash of out of tune guitars, random lyrics about the
glorious heydays of the 1980’s, and a very annoying man who rapped over what
would have been acceptable music. Then to add insult to injury, another man
joins in and they both have what could be termed as a vocal spasm, prompting
me to wonder what kind of record companies sign this kind of band.
Natives of the New Dawn are a band who incorporate hip-hop (and the very
worst kind), coupled with almost bluesy guitars, and dare I say it, guitar
solos that would not be out of place in some kind of hair metal circa 1980’s
band. I have no problem with any of these factors, but together they make
what scientists and mathematicians alike label ‘a mess’. There seems to be
potential underneath the atrocious rapping and equally uncomfortable
lyricism, and there is a definitive beat and rhythm which could be deemed
not really that bad when all is said and done, but talented musicianship
here goes completely to waste.
This sophomore album of a band known as ‘the next in lines to take the music
world by storm’ is over-produced to an extent that the ‘maestros’ behind
this, must have listened to Iron Maiden, Stevie Wonder, and 50 Cent all in
one night and decided to make a conglomerate of sounds that do not
necessarily complement each other.
The only real saving grace of this album was ‘Good Day’, which was rescued
from mediocrity by a decent vocal and guitar accompaniment. However, lo and
behold, the wannabe Eminem makes a re-appearance and the track is once again
relegated to the bargain bin of ‘over-rated up and comers’. Having said
that, I can imagine ‘Good Day’ to be popular with pre-pubescent teenagers
having not discovered the benefits of GOOD music, and young men still in
love with the idea of rap and the social problems it promises to challenge.
Forgive my cynicism, but it appears that this band and their music are
trying too hard to incorporate modern styles of music, such as rapping and
hip-hop beats, but yet retaining a kind of musical origin, such as four part
harmony and the kind of background singing akin to that used by soul singers
of the 1970’s.
After five tracks that all sounded the same, I was beginning to tire
rapidly of Natives of the New Dawn. Remember an early Noughties band called
Crazy Town? Natives of the New Dawn are a decidedly poor version of the
aforementioned band. Definitely for an acquired taste.