Thoughts on the new Beoga album
For such a talented band, whose previous work I adore, this is such an out of left field, odd, and pandering album. Two “trad” tunes in the whole album, with the rest being some previously released single songs and some new.
I can appreciate the work put into the album, but the outcome is very disappointing. I suppose it could have been seen coming, as most of their latest work hasn’t been their signature style. The electronic dance sound to the tunes and the run and base, and heavy drum track to the songs are really off putting, especially for a long term fan. I’m not against the use of fusion and other genres, it’s given us some cracking tunes and songs, but there’s a time and place for it.
“Aurora” was remixed here, which was totally unnecessary and sounded rotten as a remix with EDM/Techno qualities. The title tune “Carousel” was not too bad. “In a rocket” was by far the more enjoyable song. The songs featured in the album would had been better off to be released by the singers featured in the songs themselves, with credit given to Beoga in their respective albums, which is odd as Beoga worked on song with artists such as Ed Sheeran without taking centre stage.
You could argue that they fall under this new-wave trad genre here, but I think this album barely passes as a trad album. The tunes and instruments are lost within the music and can be barely recognisable at times. It nearly sounds like this generic sound of a drum track and backing instruments drowning out the tune, similar to bands like Notify and Moxie (which I’ve witnessed first hand). Beoga are capable of mastering many genres, and have more than proves theirselves as trad musicians, but this Electronic mixed with Stomp and Holler sound is better off left to the others.