Doc Rhombus made us this wonderful request to review his album via our Twitter account. I don't consider myself a pro or a prolific music person. I'm still a big fan of music in general. I figure it would be easy for me to look at album reviews left and right and copy and paste what's out there, but I decided to do it my way. I've decided to do it my way, so you'll have a review of each piece, but it's a personal one, and I think the best judge in the end can only be yourself. I invite you to join me on my incredible adventure with the album "Long Division".
First of all, the thing that surprised me on leaving and made my pupils widen was the voice. I've no idea exactly why, but I immediately found it captivating and thought, right from the start, that this was going to be a pleasant discovery. As for the song in general, you're going to be accompanied by a nice, neat bass as well as a well-produced vocal and back-vocal production. In my opinion, the back-vocals and arrangements were made with a view to making you just go out or travel. A song that lasts 2 minutes 36 seconds and easily whets your appetite for the rest of the listening session.
The second song would, in short, confirm whether the first song was pure luck or pure genius. In "Front line", we can see that there's more variation in the vocals, and that Doc Rhombus doesn't have to feel embarrassed by his "competitors" in this respect. A song that lasts 3 minutes 8 seconds and is somewhat different from the first. Nice keyboard production and distortion without overdoing it, just perfect for this type of song.
Oh how this song flashed me from the first listen, especially from 1 minute 16 seconds onwards. You can hear Beck's influence mixed with The Prince. I could easily have imagined myself singing this song and making quite a splash. We can admire all the subtlety in the voice tones and the particular grain. A voice that would probably make the most beautiful courtesan at court blush. If you've got nothing to do tonight, just listen to this masterful work.
We now move into a funkier universe with "echo chamber", which will make you want to snap your fingers. A beautiful production that demonstrates the artist's talent very well. This track has more layers of vocals than the others, making it very charming, with a nice guitar rift.
It starts with a melody that's higher pitched than the others, allowing for a change of tempo. Back-vocals that will travel in your ears and, in general, give you a nice impression of depth.
Still Wanna Believe
The song begins with a drum-and-snare loop that'll have you tapping your feet as it goes, followed by a piano rift that'll have you on the edge of your seat. This is married to a heavy bass that will make your ears ring in just the right way without being too aggressive, it's well balanced. Within a minute of listening to the song, you'll discover the full splendor of this masterful work. It's clear that here we can admire all the artist's talent and that, if this song were performed, it would be very high on the Billboard charts. A song that only lasts two minutes 45 seconds, and I would have taken an extra 5 minutes. Listen to it over and over in your car.
This one lulls us into ambient and, with a wide range of sound effects, you'll be able to admire, especially with your headphones, several instrumental layers. A much less "mainstream" song than the previous one, but a really well-crafted production.
Nothing left to defend
Lots of sonic variety. There's a fine line between a lot of sound and a completely chaotic piece. I greatly appreciate the trumpets used, which give a more jazzy sound and support the text and context.
After 2 songs with more character, Doc Rhombus changes tempo to a funkier song. Nice rhythmic song with a nice vocal variation. I really like the build-up in this song. There could easily be many remixes, as this is a song that is easily malleable and great to listen to.
Celebration of the Century
One of the longest songs on the album, it has depth and a slightly slower pace than "UpHeaval". It's a good mix of today's music and what was being created in the '70s.
Doc Rhombus is a wonderful discovery for me, and so early in 2021. I played 2 tracks to the person who is going to review this text and he immediately fell under the spell after listening to his 2 pieces. If he continues to deliver such polished productions, it's clear that he has a bright future ahead of him, and it's a safe bet that some people will discover this album in 10 or 15 years' time and wonder where they were in 2021? If you have the chance to listen to it and share this discovery with others, I strongly encourage you to do so.