Album Review: ”The Revolution is never coming” by The Red Paintings

Posted: September 27, 2013 in Reviews
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For the written version:

The Revolution is never coming, is the debut album from Australian rock band, The Red Paintings. I want to ask a question, how long do you think it should take to record an album, one year? Two years? Maybe three years depending on the material? We’ll the red paintings took half a decade to make their debut album.

If you’re thinking this means the latest album will be overproduced, or if you just have the sudden flashbacks to Axl Roses Chinese democracy, then don’t. This album, the revolution is never coming, made by a band which features an Asian geisha and a human embryo in a jar, could possibly be the best album released this year.

It definitely has the best melody construction of the year by far. The band foundation rock sound with Violin is expansive enough to range from alternative, indie, experimental, hard, at one point going as far as industrial rock. Each song within the revolution is never coming will experiment with its respected genre style to create a different sound from its box standard version.

Still, even throughout all of this genre experimentation, The Red Paintings still manages to hold onto a classical, wallowing sense of identity. This identity transcends each individual song to create a fluid album that will take the listener through a carefully weaved ride of conspiring insanity, fuelled by desperation, anger, depression, greed, political messages and conspiracies theories.

That already sounds like a hard challenge to accomplish, but add on the 33 piece orchestra and 20 piece choir to a record and it’s easy to see why The revolution is never coming took five years to make.

But somehow, in what must have been infuriating to do, the foundation rock with violin sound interweaves with the orchestra and choir seamlessly with amazing results. The orchestra never dominates over the band or feels forced and the rock sound adds to the orchestral arrangements whilst remaining the core to The Red Paintings sound.

To remove one of these arrangements would be to remove the defining raw emotional sound that The Red Paintings possess.

Hell, even the lead singer is a bloody highlight on this record. On paper, he should put in a valiant effort to match the wild spectrum of emotions portrayed within this album. However, he doesn’t just match it, he adds to it!

His voice is clean, crisp and professional throughout the record and is enjoyable to listen to; but his voice goes further than that. His voice has such weight behind it with a real sense of humanity and emotion, bringing the excellent lyrical content alive with heartfelt singing.

This isn’t just a singer reading lines, this feels as though he really is the man who believes in this content and is powering it through with diverse performances on each song.

What else can I say about this record? A complex, interweaving ride of carefully built insanity. The Red Paintings takes the listener though the psyche of a man angry at the world and tormented by his own thoughts and demons. You will never know where you will go next, but with song writing this heartfelt and creatively produced, you won’t care. You will twist, turn and fall throughout this ride with a smile on your face and begging to go again.

Why do you even need to ask for a score, 10 out of 10.

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