Who Should Buy This: All the people. As long as you don’t absolutely hate electronic/dance-inspired music on principle, this album is for you. It’s amazing. You need it.
Album: Tail of Lions
Artist: Alex Clare
Genre: dance, electronic, pop
Music Rating: 10/10
Lyrics Rating: 10/10
Sounds Like: Lapsley, Matisyahu, X Ambassadors
Best thing About this Album: To say that I marvel at the creativity and artistry displayed throughout both the lyrics and musical constructs would be a criminal understatement.
One thing I wish was different: More. I need more of this. 10 tracks is a respectable LP, but it is a little on the short side, and I am greedy.
Website: Alex Clare
Favorites: I love every single song with my whole heart, but if I have to narrow it down: Tell Me What You Need, Get Real, & You’ll Be Fine might be my favs.
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.
Where do I even begin with this? There is an inherent artistry in esotericism, and this album makes beautiful use of it. Typically, art will try to ride the line, balancing enough specificity to have a clear message, but enough ambiguity that it does not limit or distance a significant portion of the audience.
One of the most effective ways to resolve these opposing necessities is through an artistic layering that allows different people with different thoughts, feelings, and life experiences to access the song on whichever level they feel most comfortable. The art will still speak to everyone, but it will say something a little different to each person who hears it. That doesn’t mean that most people hear it wrong. They just hear it differently and on different levels.
For example: an atheist will listen to this album and hear beautiful, philosophical poetry and important social commentary. A Christian will listen to this album and hear blatant bible references and Christian sentiments. A Jewish person will listen to this album and hear what Alex is actually saying.
I am not (nor have I ever been) Jewish. However, I have spent a significant amount of time studying the Hebrew Bible (among other ancient religious writings). I have always admired and been in awe at the artistry displayed in Hebrew poetry. Setting aside any set of beliefs, it is objectively beautiful literary art.
I do not claim any sort of intelligence or competence on the matter, but the beauty of this album is that Alex is able to share that artistry with everyone regardless of their level of understanding. Most people will probably just hear a really brilliant dance track, and not give too much thought as to what makes it so brilliant. And that’s perfectly fine!
I’ll shut up about the brilliance of this album now, but you must go listen to it asap. It’s incredible.
In the meantime, here are some of my favorite lines from each track to give you a brief lyrical sample of the whole album:
“Open your mouth. I can’t read your mind.” — Tell Me What You Need
“Smashing the darkness and bringing the fire.” — Get Real
“Just surviving ain’t living.” — Surviving Ain’t Living
“Peace of mind is an inside job, and I’ve been working for years.” — Bring Me Down
“He’s half-crazy from the madness that you do, and I think a little peace is overdue.” — Basic
“Gotta be legitimate; ain’t no shame as a misfit.” — Gotta Get Up
“I knew you’d burn all night, giving off an awesome light.” — Tired from the Fire
“I’ve been burned by love, deep as the ocean” — Love Can Heal
“I would open my eyes if I thought it would do some good.” — Open My Eyes
“It’s hard to take when you lost it all.” — You’ll Be Fine
That’s it. If you loved these songs as much as I did, please consider supporting Alex Clare by purchasing the album from his website 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.