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Today I am doing a review of Bowties & Applause by my friends in Tru Fam. They played a month on Warped Tour last year, and we were acquainted on the VA Beach tour date. This album contains 12 tracks and was released on Wednesday, December 28, 2011.
DL Link: http://trufam.bandcamp.com/album/bowties-applause-2
1. Denim Cashmere (TOP SONG) - This song gets you from the beginning. The chorus is very catchy, so beware. The sampling of the theme song from “The Sound of Music” plays greatly to the strengths of this song. This song was a great choice to be the opener on the album. When listeners hear the first thirty seconds of this track, they will not only want to listen to the song all the way through, but they will also want to play through the rest of the record. With a tracklisting of 12 songs, this is SO important. Great planning ahead guys.
2. Rebound - The first single from the new album, this song also features Zach and Tim from The Body Electric. This song is poppier than the previous track, and the background vocals provided by the boys from TBE provide fortitude to this dance-inspired song.
3. Crush - This song begins with a very poppy beat that leads into a call to “put your drinks in the air”. This song is about partying and having a good time. The chorus is pretty memorable, not because of good beats or a good melody but because of the way the lyrics go together. This is also the shortest track on the album.
4. Mrs. One Night Stand - The song title may be better served to read “Miss One Night Stand”, and thus can be abbreviated “M.O.N.S.”. By providing a more mysterious song title you may be pushing the song is a higher direction. I like the chorus because it rushes the song a bit more, which in this case is a good thing rather than a bad thing.
5. Intoxicating (TOP SONG) - This song features jumpy guitars and interesting samples that really cause it to stand out compared to “Crush” and “M.O.N.S.”. Heartless Moment guests on this track, and the vocals done by him are very smooth. They definitely complement the track and bring it to the next level. This song has the best dance floor potential so far. Another aspect of their music that I enjoy is that each of these songs thus far have been different.
6. Beautiful Nightmare - Brooke Nolan and Apache Chief guest on this track, and Brooke’s voice is absolutely gorgeous. What a great idea to have her on this song; she changes the entire direction of the song for the better. The synth part in this song is also a highlight, as well as the drums during the song’s outro.
7. Cool Kids - This song is exactly what it sounds like. Tru Fam sings and raps about dedicating this song to the “cool kids”, and they also make references to “geeks” and “nerds”. The piano part that plays throughout the song is very melodic and easy on the ears.
8. Running 2 U (TOP SONG) - This track begins almost like a techno track, and sounds a bit like something that Escape the Armada (a band from Fairfax, VA that I played with) would write. I dig it. This band wrote really catchy songs and had a rapper that had some style. This song follows in the same direction. I can see this one becoming a bigger hit within the album. This track features Josh Orbea and has an absolutely memorable chorus.
9. 25 Miles - This song sounds like it was influenced by Kesha and features one of the most recognizable chord progressions. The chorus sounds a bit like the theme song from “The Office”, based in Scranton, PA. I was into the lyrics in the second verse because they went along with the song very fluidly.
10. Always on You - This song features Neako and sports a quick, catchy beat at the beginning of the first verse. “Always on You” is about a girl who makes the artist think about her all day. This song is the longest one on the entire album, and features a flurry of verses by both members of Tru Fam.
11. Lost My Mind - This song is the second single from the album, and is another song about partying and forgetting about the incredible nights that take place just mere hours before. There is a Wiz Khalifa shoutout “black and yellow” and the verses are filled with interesting, inquisitive metaphors.
12. City that Never Sleeps - A song that sounds very similar to “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas. The autotune in this song was a little much for my preference, but other listeners may love that. The guest vocals by ReAnna are great and add a whole new dimension to the song that was not in place before. Her chorus definitely differentiates this song from others that sound similar. I’m guessing that this song is about New York City, as the members of Tru Fam are from New Jersey and spend much time within the city (NYC).
Throughout the album, the songs continue to diversify themselves when placed up against each other. My favorite songs occur earlier on in the album, but that is just my preference. I come from a high-energy, rock, balls-to-the-wall background when it comes to musical tastes, so my views will certainly be different than someone who listens exclusively to rap and/or hip-hop. I am able to provide an almost-outsider perspective on their music, and I know this is an advantage. Not only are they reaching listeners that normally would not listen to them, but I am enjoying it! I wish these guys the best of luck, and I can’t wait to work more closely with them in the future.
Bow Ties & Applause
1. All We Need
"All We Need" begins with a catchy beat that immediately makes you want to dance. The production value on this album is also prevalent from the very first song. The lyrics are quick and interesting, and complement the music well. These two put on an excellent live show, and I am sure that this song is a staple in their set list. I can’t imagine a crowd that would react poorly to a song such as this.
2. Lose My Mind
The second track’s intro is very reminiscent of a song from the 80’s. It is basically a party song about the night life that Tru Fam loves to experience. These two definitely know how to rhyme and make lines fit together very nicely. While “All We Need” seems like a short track, “Lose My Mind” is actually a minute longer, and uses this factor to its advantage, incorporating a lengthy outro that fits in with the song in a splendid manner.
3. Luv Scandal
The synth pad in “Luv Scandal” is nice and heavy, and really pushes me to call this song my favorite from the album. The song is heavily autotuned during the verses, giving the classic T-Pain impression that has become so big in the past few years. I personally prefer songs without autotune, but Tru Fam makes it work. When the second verse rap comes in, it completely changes the tone of the song, and I was definitely digging that. There is a line that talks about staying true to those around you, no matter if you become famous or not. I really believe that this was my favorite line from the album because it really rings true in a number of ways. Artists should never take for granted their hometowns, families, or friends, because in reality, these are the people/places who helped them out the most, all the way from the beginning.
I had an awesome time hanging out with Tru Fam at Warped Tour this year, and I hope to collaborate with them in the near future. I wish you guys the best!