I Was Totally Destroying It’s third album starts off with the anthemic “Wrecking Ball”, a song that is unfortunately sabotaged a bit by singer John Booker’s vocal resemblance to Weird Al Yankovic. Luckily for the band, Rachel Hirsh handles the majority of lead vocals on the album, and Booker only sounds like Al when he’s really belting it out. Preludes is otherwise a solid album from top to bottom, boosted by Booker’s strong songwriting, and good musicianship from the whole band. Most of the songs are upbeat rockers like the catchy “Control”, which features a strong vocal from Hirsh as well as pounding drums and hook-filled guitars. The light, poppy “When Chaos Comes” jangles like a mid-‘90s alternative band, while “Fight/Flight” is a bit darker, with tension-filled guitars and tasteful piano interludes. I Was Totally Destroying It aren’t breaking any new ground here, but it’s nice to hear a straightforward rock album that’s well-written and good the whole way through, without songs that feel like filler.
We all know how critical it is to keep independent voices alive and strong on the Internet. Please consider a donation to support our work as independent cultural critics and historians. Your donation will help PopMatters stay viable through these changing and challenging times where costs have risen and advertising has dropped precipitously. We need your help to keep PopMatters strong and growing. Thank you.
// Notes from the Road
"Saul Williams played a free, powerful Summerstage show ahead of his appearance at Afropunk this weekend.READ the article