The 80’s is one of our favorite periods in music ever, as it was unabashedly fun. Due to their 80’s influences, we were very excited to hear “Gemstone Radar,” the new album from El Paso, Texas band Add Agency. So is their new album worth a listen?
Add Agency Gemstone Radar Review
The album opens with “Bootypop,” and from the first second it’s immediately evident that this album has a very strong 80’s vibe sound-wise. While I was excited to hear the song one it started, my enthusiasm waned a bit when I realized that, rather than signing on the track, the track just featured whispering which, frankly, sounded kind of creepy. For me, this quickly went from an enjoyable experience to one that I wanted to turn off.
“Sex On The Side,” which follows, continues the 80’s vibe. Luckily, rather than the whisper, this track featured more speak-singing that was reminiscent of many 80’s bands. Due to this, this made for a much more enjoyable listen than the predecessor. I also enjoyed the tongue-in-cheek lyrics of, “I don’t want your name, I don’t want your number, I don’t want your sex on the side.”
“Set Me Free,” which follows, unfortunately returned to the creepy-esque whisper vibe of the first track. For me, this made me unable to really enjoy my listening experience, as the music bothered me more than it intrigued me.
Other tracks on the album include the mostly spoken “Sky Won’t Fall” and the whisper-heavy “Cola.”
Unfortunately, while I was excited at the prospect of hearing an 80’s throwback album, the high frequency of whispering on tracks made this an unenjoyable listen for me that I would not recommend. If the band was to stick to the style of “Sex On The Side,” I would have enjoyed this effort much more.