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Album Review: Super Moon by Dirty Heads

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The Dirty Heads are back with their seventh album, Super Moon. They are an alternative band with influences from hip hop, rock, and reggae. Dirty Heads get back to their original roots with this album. I honestly wasn't expecting much from this album and refused to listen to any singles until the album was released, but I was surprised and amazed by the album.

The first track off the album is the title track, Super Moon. Once you get past the weird electronic voice at the beginning of the track, this is a high powered, reggae-infused track. This easily reminded me of something off their first album, Any Port in a Storm. I had the chance to hear them live in Phoenix this past weekend, and hearing this track live made this song even better. You could just hear the raw energy, especially from the horn section. It also has an old-timey, western feeling to it. Such a great way to kick off an album.

The album slows down a bit with the next track, Lift Me Up. This is a feel-good song with some reggae influences. It's just about relaxing and having a good time. The person in this track got a new "bag", and I'm sure you know what that refers to, so we'll leave it at that.

After that, we have Tender Boy. Based on the beat, I'm feeling a 90s influenced hip hop beat, with the piano and drum kicks. What I'm getting from the lyrics is to just enjoy every day and live life to the fullest. Don't let the small things keep you down and always look forward. Life is short and you never know what will happen tomorrow.

The next track off the album and my personal favorite is Horsefly. I'll be honest, I was disappointed since they didn't play this at their show. I was hoping that they'd play more tracks off the album since the show was the day after the album was released, but I can't be upset with free concert tickets. For this track, there's a distorted guitar/piano sound in the background that keeps droning on throughout the track. It's so mesmerizing and entrancing. This is another feel-good track, especially with the line in the chorus, "Thousand reasons why I'm feeling good right now."

Fear & Love is the next track off the album and was also played at the concert I attended. It's a great track musically, but not one of my favorites. The track tends to talk about the topic of love, and how some people fear to "fall in love" with someone. This track could also talk about how hard some relationships can be.

The next track we have is Cloudlifter and it is definitely an interesting piece. The track starts with someone talking about a unicorn and how it's this mythical animal. I'm assuming this is some type of drug reference, especially with the lyrics from the first verse. Throughout the track, you'll hear a slow guitar melody.

After that we have Come Around Again. This track can be about heartbreak or a love song. It all depends on how you look at it. Throughout the song, they want this girl to come back around and mention they can't live without this person. They have some pretty cool backing vocals towards the end of the song.

The next, but short track, is Lighthouse. In the track, they are reassuring this person that they will be their "lighthouse." In other words, they will be there for this person no matter what. It's a nice acoustic track with some catchy vocals. Lyrically and instrumentally, it's simplistic, but those songs usually do well with fans and new people. As I said before, my only complaint with this track is that it's too short.

Crow Bar Hotel is another track with a reggae-influence, with the piano off beats. This album has a lot of fun tracks, and this is definitely another one of those tracks. I also enjoy the part where everyone comes in towards the end of the song and sings together as a chorus.

The last track off of the album is Slow Down. On this track, it's talking about looking back and enjoying life. There's no need to rush through things and you should "slow down." It also talks about everyone being in the same race, so no one is better than anyone else. Everyone should be treated equally. Just like the first track, they have a great horn section towards the end.

What did you think of the album? What were some of your favorite tracks? Let me know down in the comments section!
Overall Rating:8.5/10
Favorite Tracks: Super Moon, Lift Me Up, Horsefly, Lighthouse

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