So you want to know about an album before you go out and buy it? “How are the vocals?” you ask. You follow that up with, “Is the rest of the band any good?” And the topper, “This isn’t the kind of album that will put me to sleep, is it?”
These are all questions whose answers may not help you decide if you want this album, at least not in your normal album buying mode.
How are the vocals? Well, there aren’t any. So technically, there’s nothing wrong with them.
Is the rest of the band any good? Hmm again, technically nothing wrong. It’s just one smooth electric guitar throughout.
This isn’t the kind of album that will put me to sleep, is it? Depends. If you’re looking to get some solid sack time, this disc should help you out a lot. And, yes, it may make you a little droopy eyed in the middle of the day, too. If, however, you’re addicted to say, meth this may not make you drift off.
Let me make this statement, however. Airs has a calming, soothing feeling. Despite the fact that none of the tracks are generally distinguishable from any of the others, (which I guess is the purpose, as 19 out of 20 tracks are titled simply, Airs,’) the album has a solid base of melodic sounds.
The best and most soothing part of each “Air” is when the guitar pauses for a moment, and an ambient reverb sends each ghostlike note drifting off into the seemingly empty space at the back of your head. This, also, is the part that is likely to make any late night driver wish they had something loud on their car radio, maybe that Metallica tune Enter Sandman, or something similarly ironic.
Anyway, the point is this. Airs basically gives the world an hour’s worth of slow, ambient, and at times, beautiful guitar music. It’s the kind of stuff that one man might play on his guitar to calm himself down. It’s also a good disc to get anyone in a relaxed, almost hypnotized state. If that’s what you’re looking for, Airs may not be a bad choice for you.
// Notes from the Road
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