Genre/Influences: Pop-Rock, Indie-Rock.
Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: Swedish project The Search is active for more than twenty years and has released a respectable discography. 2020 seems to have been a real prolific year for The Search, the band striking back with a second opus the same year. The new work deals about ‘ambition versus inhibition, desire in contrast to reality and those moments when the heart is racing, but the mind is resisting’.
Content: The album features 18 songs. The sound and influences are pretty different from the previous work, the new songs being mainly composed with guitar while “Some Place Far Away” was a pure Electro-Pop production. The influences from “Heart’s Racing” are also reminding me of the 80s, but the work is totally different, sometimes reminding me of The Style Council. It’s a sweet and evasive work, which sometimes becomes emotional and constantly mixing Pop and Rock.
+ + + : I personally prefer this album instead of its predecessor. The guitar play is more convincing than the sweet Electro-Pop I’ve heard at “Some Place Far Away”. A few tracks are featuring refreshing vibes reminding me to The Style Council. The album is also mixing different emotions, from pure reverie to melancholia. “Replacement” is for sure my favorite song, having something elevating and heart-warming. Releasing an album of 18 songs is also a real tour de force!
– – – : There’re a few noticeable songs at this album, but not enough real highlights.
Conclusion: This work is pleasant to listen to for its refreshing feeling.
Best songs: “Replacement”, “Don’t Let Yourself Down”, “The Driving Rain”, “In My Restless Dreams”.