If you’re looking for a dulcet dose of positivity then Andrew Reed’s latest album ‘If All The World Were Right‘ might just be the new album you’ve been looking for. Admittedly, Reed speaks of this album being specifically a journey of positivity through humility and the return to thing familial and familiar. While based heavily on his own life journey, Reed has created an interesting concept album that follows the journey of a specific character who shares in a journey that surely many of us have experienced or will experience.
Now, just because the album promotes positivity doesn’t mean that it doesn’t find its way into the mind to weed out those things negative. It’s not a suppressive album by any means. It is clearly meant for the purging of negativity, not simply the sealing off of it. This album accomplishes this in a refreshingly upbeat and relaxing way. It is incredibly chill and simply made for day-listening in the sun with a drink in hand while basking in the beauty of the world.
Before digging into any specifics with regards to the music, I must bring up the concept character mentioned above. The character Reed created for the purposes of this new work is Prodigal. This character is on a journey back home through the discovery of humility. A lyric sticks in my mind here “…how can you find me if I can’t find myself?” A worthwhile question. But back to the specific character, I’m unsure how I feel about such a strong biblical reference in character use. The story of the prodigal son is widely known and therefore easily understood when it comes to audience acceptance, but it might be a bit too on the nose. I’ve still not concluded if I like or dislike the choice.
Anyhow, on to the music. There is something of smooth lounge jazz to this album that really lends itself to the aforementioned sort of lounging above. Sweet guitar, harmonious horns, pretty percussion and beautiful resolutions of the compositions really make this album both an easy-listening and interesting-listening album,
Vocally, I won’t say that this is the strongest performance I’ve ever heard on an album but considering that the entire production is about coming at life with a sense of humility, and given how clearly that idea is conveyed, I’m actually not at all opposed to that vocal quality which seems not quite at rest or at ease with the mix of the rest of the album. That being said, on tracks like ‘Putting Things In Order‘ there are some gorgeous harmonies. This is also the first track that features a very enjoyable, gritty, yet still reserved guitar solo which fits perfectly in the general vibe of the album; the keys complimenting all the way through.
Lyrically, the story is easy enough to follow that I think if people really do sit down to give this album a listen, they will come to understand the message being conveyed in the general ethos of the work.
There is a wonderful array of instrumentation throughout the album with both acoustic and electric guitar, piano and organ, horn sections, string sections, drums and various pieces of percussion and, of course, the human voice. And regarding the voice…I think I’ve come to think that as the album progresses so too does the quality of the vocals. I’m not sure if this was intentional or simply my mind adjusting to something different, but it is certainly worth noting.
I hold to my opening statement that if you are looking for a dulcet dose of positivity, I would encourage you to check out Andrew Reed’s latest work ‘If All The World Were Right‘. This thirteen-track album really does allow for some unwinding and positive reinforcement in one’s life when things might seem like they’re going south just a bit too much.