Back in March of this year, during the second week of the Ultra Music Festival (for those that don’t know, the annually-occurring, end-all be-all festival for electronic music), Avicii brought country to electronic.
He trotted out live country and bluegrass vocalists as well as a violinist, a sight about as rare as it sounds. With Avicii on the mixer, this anomalous group of musicians proceeded to perform what would be songs off his upcoming album. While the audience was bewildered at the lack of drops, and the Internet backlash was palpable, “True” is a remarkable accomplishment.
The album combines the seemingly disparate genres of electronic and country to remarkable effect. “Wake Me Up”, the hit single that’s been making the rounds, uses the vocals of soul singer Aloe Blacc and contributions from Incubus’ Mike Einxinger create the soulful tale of someone who wants to sleep through the ‘growing up’ phase of life.
“Hope There’s Someone” is a cover of the Antony and the Johnsons’ song, with Linnea Henriksson” providing chilling, haunting vocals to make it the album’s ‘must-listen’ song.
All of the songs deal with some dark spin on love, as can be gathered by such titles as “Liar Liar”, “Shame on Me”, and “Addicted to You.” There is more lyrical content than one will usually find on an electronic album, making for an enriching listening experience.
“True” goes completely against the grain of the “Big Room House”/ electro-house styles that have thoroughly permeated the genre and is a breath of fresh air.
Hats off to Avicii, for not only making this unique album but for making the album extremely good. I recommend everyone, despite what types of music you like, to listen through all ten tracks of “True.”