We love hearing new music that is unique and original. When given the opportunity to review DownTown Mystic– who happens to be the alter ego of rocker Robert Allen– new album, Rock’n’Roll Romantic, we were excited to hear it. So how does the album hold up? Read on for details.
DownTown Mystic Rock’n’Roll Romantic Review
The album opens with Dead End Space, a high energy track that immediately brought my mind back to great 90’s rock sounds (think Counting Crows or Deep Blue Something). It’s clear from this Allen definitely can sing. I also loved the well thought out lyrics, especially when Allen sang, “When you fall into the dead end space and feel the way I do,
you won’t recognize your problems, cause the problem here is you.”
The next track, “And You Know Why,” slows things down pace-wise compared to the opener; however, that being said, I still found myself nodding along to the song and enjoying it. I also found myself yet again enjoying the lyrics, especially when he sang, “If I told myself there’s someone else I might accept that we are through.”
“Gongs of Karma,” which appears later on the album, was one of the most unique tracks on the album, simply because it is a bunch of gong sounds and no lyrics. I liked the idea of the title being the only words I had to work with to understand this song, as it made me think of someone doing something bad and the “gongs” of karma coming their way.
“Thank A Little Louder” was another standout track on the album, as it had that high energy 90’s feel that I felt on the opener. One of my favorite eras of music was the 90s, and hearing someone who can so flawlessly echo that style made this an enjoyable listen.
Other highlights on the album include the melancholy “Eyes Of The World,” the slow tempo “Believe In Nothing” that features the bold lyrics of “Nothing’s gonna save me in the end,” and the great closer, “Think It Over.”
Overall, I quite enjoyed Downtown Mystic’s new album, Rock’n’Roll Romantic. If you are a fan of the 90’s rock sound, this is a definite must for you to pick up.