Viola Beach debut album artwork
Viola Beach’s self-titled debut album, posthumously released on the 29th July, consists of nine tracks they recorded prior to their accident on their first European tour in February earlier this year.
I really didn't know where to start or how to go about reviewing this album but I couldn't not say something about this. I’m not going to praise it as a result of the circumstances of its release. This album is incredibly well put together; despite it not being the one they wanted to release, it truly expresses the talent, potential and drive of these four young guys from Warrington.
Each track is alike in that they all have what I call a ‘twinkly effect'. They were an optimistic bunch of best friends who played together damn well, with positive lyrics and upbeat melodies, all they wanted to do was produce happy music. Even the slower songs such as, Drunk and Call You Up still make you feel all warm and bubbly inside.
Everyone’s heard Swings and Waterslides and Boys That Sing, however, there are other songs that expose more of what Viola Beach were capable of. Call You Up is probably the main one that really hits you, particularly with Kris’ voice as you feel the enthusiasm and passion behind what they’re creating.
They weren’t your typical ‘teenage angst’ band that seems to be a common theme amongst young bands; they focused on the future, being content and at peace with everything and just being down right happy. Despite it not being what they wanted for their debut album, it most certainly gives an insight into what they wanted for themselves as a band and the potential they had to succeed.
Being part of BBC Introducing and venturing onto their first European tour, they were at the brink of something amazing that was taken away from them far too soon. There isn't a shadow of a doubt that their talent will be remembered for years to come, especially following the release of this album and kind words from fellow musicians.
You can buy Viola Beach’s self-titled album from Amazon, iTunes, HMV and is available to stream on Spotify.
Written by Harriet.