River Rain Scent review by Pedro Gabriel Amaral

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  • Released: Feb 2, 2016
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 7
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.1 (9 votes)
Pedro Gabriel Amaral: River Rain Scent

Sound — 10
Solid blend of instruments and very diverse sound. Production wise it is flawless, proving that sometimes less is more, plus a couple of overwhelming wall of sound moments (such as the electronic ones) that balance the soulful rock within a modern approach. Vocals are simple and the melodies are straightforward but somehow still unpredictable, and the harmony voices have impressive note choices and give the songs a late '60s psychedelic vibe. Guitar solos could have been more used, as well as more spoken word sections. Overall, it is a quality alternative rock album with a 2016 sound.

Lyrics — 7
Well, the lyrics are good. Well chosen words that sound good and ethereal, complex rhymes and sentences that have a beautiful meaning. But sometimes I wasn't sure about what the song was about and I had a hard time trying to relate to anything. Sure, there are songs that have obvious meanings, such as relationships, society and saving the planet, but sometimes it feels impossible to connect the dots here. That usually ain't an issue because it is not uncommon to like songs with weird, meaningless lyrics, but here most of the unrelatable stuff seems rather disturbing or excessively poetic. They do match perfectly the instrumental lines they are sung above indeed.

Overall Impression — 9
"River Rain Scent" feels like a lot of different things. It was a bold statement by Pedro Gabriel Amaral, who compiled every kind classic album influence, from all music genres he could think of, and spiced it up with Brazilian music feels and songwriting. The first half of the album, however, sounds stronger than the second, but that's just a personal thought. As a guitar website, this album serves well as a true pop music writing lesson. A huge step forward towards a hopefully successful career, as we are all enjoying the new direction Pedro Gabriel took.

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    Track ratings imo: 10- The Thing, River Rain, Pieces of You, Omega Male. 9- Volcanic. 8- Masquerade Ball, Life of a Whale. 7- Traffic Jam, Sun, Intercom. Very nice! 8.5/10