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Cullen Omori brings us an album full of great songs and wonderful sonic textures.
The experimentation is well balanced with a strong emotional undercurrent, as Cullen is exploring life from the perspective of a young man wondering what comes next, after meeting and exceeding all past expectations for yourself.
And these songs hold up so well on their own, I even picked up my guitar and started trying to figure out my favorite tracks (Poison Dart, LOM, And The World Still Turns, Synthetic Romance, No Big Deal)
Honestly, if you enjoy singer songwriters who aren't afraid to experiment with sound, this album is for you.
If I had to name my favorite solo John Lennon song of all time, it would be easy... "#9 Dream". That song holds a lot of memories, and feelings about those memories, that I won't get into.
I will say this though, I bet Cullen Omori loves that song too. It's as if he looked at that song (which I think is very unique in Lennon's catalog) and wrote an entire album's worth of songs based on it's style and feeling... and in NO WAY is this a bad thing!
Take the lead single "Cinnamon" for example. The part just before the chorus, when the rug is pulled out from under the listener with this euphoric "what the hell is happening right now" moment, and just before you totally freak out, the waves of the chorus come rushing in.
I was gonna write this review without mention of the former band Cullen fronted, and I think I will stick to that idea... instead I will say that his journey since then, resonates with me a great deal.
"Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting your vision." Dali said that... and "New Misery" is the sound of Cullen breaking out of those shackles.