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Alex Di Leo

So We Go

Review by Gary Hill

This an effective and accessible collection of songs. There are a number of pieces that land in modern pop territory. Other tunes are closer to 80s music. It's always entertaining. The problem, though, is that it's never extremely original or "different." It's exceptionally well done, though. In fact, so much so that it makes it easy to ignore those shortcomings.

 

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Track by Track Review
So We Go

The energetic cut makes me think of the 80s electronic based pop music from the 80s. It's a fun and quite catchy song.

Make It Easier
Not a huge change, this is perhaps closer to something like Oasis or even Muse. I like it quite a bit.
Reason
I like this uptempo little number. It's more of a rocker. It's more organic than the two openers, too. It's catchy and still pop oriented. It brings a different flavor, though. It's good stuff.
When We First Met
There is a modern pop music thing that has a real organic, rhythmig energy that's almost Celtic in texture. This song is very much in that kind of mold. It's another fun piece. It's also another bit of variety. I think it's a highlight of the set, too.
I've Been Waiting
With a bit more of an alternative rock vibe, this fast paced pop tune is a solid one.
Waking Up

Not a big change, this is a soaring kind of number. It's a good combination of that modern pop sound and 80s elements.

 

 
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