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Album Review: Reader As Detective by Generationals

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Generationals is an American indie pop band made up of two people, Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer. Reader As Detective marks the bands fifth studio album (not counting the State Dogs collection). If you have seen my YouTube video, you know I was a fan of Heza and had high hopes for this album.

The first track from the album is I've Been Wrong Before. The track starts off with a repeating synth effect, something that reminded me of the instrumental track, Chariots Of Fire. In this track, this person is trying to be optimistic and looks at the bright side of things. Despite his optimism, things haven't been going well for him. That leads us to the title of the track that he's been wrong before. Also, this 'friend' that the singer is trying to talk to ends up letting him down.

I Turned My Back on the Written Word is the next track and was one of the first singles released for the album. The track starts off with an inaudible chorus of singers that is used throughout the track. I thought that part at the beginning was a little annoying at first, but now that I've had time to listen to the track, I think it's kind of catchy. This is a great pop song that would definitely do well on a top hits radio station.

Next up we have Breaking Your Silence. Throughout the entire album, I can sense an 80s influence with the heavy use of synthesizers. To break your silence means to start talking. In this track, it seems like the person said something that could have stirred some anger, but the people he was talking to, decided to not argue about it.

After that, we have A List of the Virtues. A virtue can be a quality or personal trait that is considered good by others. In this song, it's talking about the worries and struggles in society today. Some people have a fear of what's going on in our country. If there is a list of the virtues they can follow or stand by, everything will fall into place. This could also reference Aristotle's twelve virtues, the seven theological virtues, or several other different lists of virtues.


Gatekeeper is the fifth track off the album. This track is a little different as it has a decent guitar outro around the two-minute mark of the track. In this track, the singer is saying that he won't risk it all again, which could mean he's made a mistake before. Also, since he said he won't risk it all again, that could mean he learned from his mistake.

Xeno Bobby is the halfway point of the album. It starts off with some catchy vocal effects, then quiets down a bit once the audible lyrics come in. Xeno is a prefix that can mean either foreigner or different. The singer doesn't think that this person is different from them, even though Xeno Bobby might think that they are different.

Next, we have Society of Winners. In this song, it seems like a promise was made. However, this promise was worded in such a way where it didn't do much. At the end of the track, they call it an empty promise, meaning that the promise wasn't upheld or kept.

Deadbeat Shiver starts off energetically with their layered synths and a simple percussion beat. In this track, this person says that they are broken, but don't know how they got to that point. Even though this person is broken, they try to pretend that everything is okay. This could be referencing mental health issues since it is a hot issue, especially in the United States.

After that is Save This For Never. This track could reference a lover, but this lover of his might consider leaving. The singer says that one day this person will end up breaking his heart, so it is just a short-term relationship. The track ends on a nice instrumental outro.

Finally, we have Dream Box, which is also the longest track on the album. This is a huge ending to the album and starts off with some quiet clips, which might be from a news report or movie. This song could be about a friend or a lover who ended up just fading away. Sometimes, your friends, or feelings for a loved one, could fade away over time.

What did you think of the album? What were some of your favorite tracks? Let me know down in the comments section!
Overall Rating:7/10
Favorite Tracks: I Turned My Back on the Written Word, Breaking Your Silence, Deadbeat Shiver, Dream Box

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