No Bird Sing: Theft of the Commons

Theft of the Commons

(No Bird Sing)
Release Date: 
Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Poetry, political and socio political statement, and rock sums up No Bird Sing. At first glance the album, to me, felt like three great artists that, alone, are fantastic, but it did take me a few rounds to get used to the combination of all three together. Maybe its because it has an edge of familiarity to it that I just can’t put my finger on, but once I took that much needed step back and looked at the album as whole I was impressed.

Robert Mulrennan’s guitar work on the album is simply fantastic. It’s haunting and edgy, managing to lead the atmosphere of each song with an unsung emotion that fits in a kind of background way. Graham O’Brien’s drums on the album also follow in that same vain with a tempered sound that adjusts with and within every song on the album. Eric Blair, the bands vocalist, doesn’t really wow me with his vocal delivery but the execution of his words as statements, that’s where the power behind his presence is.

The band writes all their own lyrics as a unit and the entirety of the album seems to be focused on humanity and our failures. River Blue Truth talks about how we envision our heroes when we are young, Superman in this case, and as we grow older and more skeptical about our world even the things that we used to find security in become just as threatening as the things they protected us from. Night Lights is another song that talks about fear, only this time its about the consequences following fear. Weather it be us as individuals or us as a nation we build these weapons to ward off fear so that we can sleep at night yet fail to realize that the more we build the more our world becomes fragile until its to late and the things we think will protect us have destroyed us. The album is just chalk full of songs that focus on humanities pitfalls on ruining the Earth, placing our trust in the wrong leaders, and how we destroy ourselves on a daily basis with isms and illusion. The album has a lot to say and at the end of the day that’s what I’m really looking for. It’s an album whose subject matter, a few years down the line, will still be relevant because were never going to change.

The execution of the album might not be for everyone but its definitely an album I would suggest to music lovers who want to be inspired to think by their music. Its not as political as say Rage Against The Machine but its an album that speaks to you as one individual to another about the philosophical what if’s of our decision making. It doesn’t demand you change anything, just to think about what you see in the world. As always final judgment is yours. Enjoy.

AJ Garcia
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