Let’s get this out of the way now, this is me out of my comfort zone. While I have done a few other reviews that were as well, this is way out of my comfort zone. As I don’t tend to listen to pop or electronic music. So what in tarnation am I doing reviewing an electro-pop act? Well, I will tell you why, it’s good, it’s damn good. And it makes me want to dance, yes dance. Something else I don’t do. Joey Albus and Ralph Parissi, collectively known as ALBVS from Pittsburgh, PA have had my ears on Lockdown for the past few weeks and I like it.
I first came to know of ALBVS a few months back. They were on a festival, Brochella in Martins Ferry, OH that I attended. As I mentioned above this really is not my cup of tea. However, that changed very quickly. By the second song of their set, I was into it, way into it. Live they are flawless and I knew they had a full-length coming out soon after and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. By the way, I would see them live again. And again, and again. I think you get my point. On to the album we go.
Beautiful/Chaos is the debut full length from ALBVS and let me tell you they do not hold back at all. This album is one that pulls you in and doesn’t let go until it decides to let you. In the past few weeks I could be listening to the hardest of metal and out of the blue, a chorus or melody from this album will pop in my head. Yep, that’s pop music at its best. It’s so infectious and I love it. It truly makes me want to listen to more music of this genre. This very well could be a gateway band for me……..and for you.
The album starts off with “Look Away”. It instantly pulls you in with its smooth beat and the soft vocals. The arrangement of this song is nice and very welcoming. This track does a really great job of preparing you for what is to come. As they don’t show us everything that is in their arsenal. They just show us a small piece of what they are capable of. But at the same time, it gets your head bopping. The next track, “Surrender” is a great name for it as this is the track that you start to do just that. This is the track that gets your entire body moving. You may start clapping your hands, snapping your fingers, or a little dance. If you are wondering when full on dance comes, that happens with the track “Opening Act”. By this point, you’re in full on dance mode and it’s on. In true pop form, the chorus gets stuck in my head and it won’t leave until I play something else. The chorus is also just happened to be one of my favorites. It goes, “I won’t be your opening act, I wanna be your late night show. The one where you just can’t go. I can’t be your opening act, you know I gotta get headline or I’m not coming back next time.” Another aspect of this track that sticks out is are the vocals of Joey and Ralph. They mesh so well here. They do dual vocals the way they should be. I haven’t heard dual vocals this well since Taking Back Sunday’s first album. Yep, I went there. “Lockdown” is the banger on the album. This is the track where if you have tried to hold back, it’s not happening. This song WILL get you moving in some shape, form, or fashion. And if it doesn’t you can RKO me. “Masquerade” is one of the last tracks on the album and it goes hard, it’s another track that has Joey and Ralph’s vocal stylings at the forefront. And the beat is so seductive. It can almost be baby making music.
Overall this is a very solid album. It should easily appeal to fans of Twenty-One Pilots, Chainsmokers and groups of the like. I’m glad I got to see them live first because I think I may have missed out on this album. Don’t make the mistake that I almost did. Go Listen to it now!