Who Should Buy This: I don’t even know what to say to you here, because this is not my typical vibe, and yet it took me approximately sixty-seven seconds to decide that I needed to buy this album. It’s just legitimately great music. If you don’t have any random aversions to specific types of music on principle, then I would probably recommend this album to you. It will be of particular interest to fans of indie/folk artists and Fleetwood Mac-esque classic rock.
Album: I’m Alone, No You’re Not
Genre: alternative, folk, indie
Music Rating: 9/10
Lyrics Rating: 9/10
Sounds Like: Birdy, Florence + The Machine, The Hunts
Best thing About this Album: I love the instrumentation on this album. I love the vocals, the melodies, and I really, really love the harmonies. The best thing about this album, however, is (in my estimation) the space in between all these things. The overall mood of the album is not overcrowded. There’s room for the music and thoughts to resonate. There’s room for the music to live and breathe between the notes. In the openness of this music, Joseph has made a space for the listener to live in the music. That’s not to say that there’s not a lot going on. There is. They’ve put everything that they wanted into this album. They just didn’t fill in the rest of the spaces with white noise or packing peanuts. Instead they left the sounds pure and made sure that there is room here for me, and there is room here for you. There is a real tendency in today’s music production towards inciting sonic claustrophobia, and this album is truly a breath of fresh air.
One thing I wish was different: It’s so good! In the absence of empirical flaws, I’ll give you some of my personal wishes specific to my own preferences. I love the sass that is present musically in some of these songs, and I would love to see that explored a bit more. Lyrically, this album is an absolute masterpiece, but I tend to gravitate towards more technical intricacies rather than the beautifully painted broad strokes presented here.
Favorites: SOS (Overboard), Blood & Tears, I Don’t Mind, White Flag
This is a playlist of all of the songs from the album that will automatically play through the whole album. To skip to a particular song, click on the menu icon in the upper left-hand corner.
It’s not everyday that you come across an alternative folk band with harmonies from the heavens. The aesthetic is ethereal cowboy chic, and it’s wonderful. Crafting a sound all their own, you get glimpses of inspiration pulled from various genres throughout the album, riding the line somewhere along folk, country, indie, alternative, and rock. The girls of Joseph do angelic, haunting vocals extremely well, but there’s also some stomping, power-shouty epicness. (Yes. That’s the technical term.) Please, please give this album a listen. I don’t think you’ll regret it! For a quick scan of what the album is like lyrically, I’ve picked out some of my favorite lines from each track.
“Can’t get close enough to be close to you.” — Canyon
“You don’t see me. My eye are closed and I swear you can’t see me.” — SOS (Overboard)
“If it’ll be a fight regardless, I only want the fight to be with you.” — Blood & Tears
“These are the times when going up is not a straight line.” — Hundred Ways
“The stars are a blanket. I’ll wrap them round these shoulders. Arms spread out wide, turn falling into flight.” — Planets
“I will love you anyway with all your demons in the way.” — I Don’t Mind
“Bright lights split the sky as I close my eyes. I feel the breath of a thousand lives in the whirlwind. ” — Whirlwind
“I could surrender, but I’d just be pretending. No, I’d rather be dead than live a lie.” — White Flag
“I know that we’ll survive if we can let the dead just lie and focus on the life that lies ahead.” — More Alive Than Dead
“I can’t say a true thing. It’s hard to be that honest.” — Honest
“Return to your dreaming. I’ll return to my sleepless night.” — Sweet Dreams
That’s it. If you loved these songs as much as I did, please consider supporting Joseph by purchasing the album from their webstore or on your favorite digital music store (iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon, etc.)
And holler at me in the comments! I’d love to talk to you all about this album.
If you’re interested with the vinyl edition of this album, check out my vinyl review for thoughts and info specific to the vinyl format as well as a lot of extra album commentary.