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Pirate Radio / Sweet Lizzy Project

When I found out about Sweet Lizzy Project I had already spent their time in Cuba. I missed them, just as I missed Hector Tellez Jr., and that hurts, because the stories of their concerts at F.A.C. and Maxim Rock are legendary, as well as their epics. covers of Monsters and Men, and the boom media attention they received for their English version of Turn up the radioI did catch a glimpse of him at the end of his rotation in the Lucas.

Then I discovered that there is an excellent testimony of a time in Havana when there was a studio that took very much to heart the defense of independent music, or indiefor friends. This project was BandEra and the testimony of which I speak are the BandEra SessionsThe second episode of the show, which is on YouTube, is about Sweet Lizzy Project. There I could see them performing their own songs.

This, and a little Technicolor is the context from which I start when analyzing Pirate Radio (either Pirate Radio, in its English version), the most recent album by Sweet Lizzy Project, a band founded in Cuba a little over ten years ago and based since 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.

I won't deny that I come predisposed against the idea of making an album in both English and Spanish, however, I believe that every artist has their reasons for doing things the way they do.

The album is easy to digest, a comfortable listen that won't challenge you as a listener, with familiar sounds if you've heard some rock before. It sounds and is enjoyable, it's very well done, very well produced and I love the arrangements, as well as the timbre chosen throughout the album. However, the lyrics didn't stick with me.

After listening to it, I am left with the sensation of not perceiving the difference between one song and another. I can not land the central idea or a theme that links the songs beyond propitiating a phrase that accompanies the hook of the chorus, I don't feel that it lands on any concrete idea. The fact that the Spanish and English versions have in some cases different themes makes me doubt how important the lyrics were in the creative process, and I find it difficult to assume it as an artistic work and not a promotional product of their concerts. I would have to be inside the band's mind to know how present the projection towards the market was at the time of the album's conception. Another hypothesis is that the compositions were conceived in English and then adapted to Spanish or vice versa.

Some songs talk about distance, about missing, others about feelings reciprocated (or not). Anyway, I like the sound of it, but nothing here is new to me. Pirate Radio is a pop rock album with similar nuances to the aesthetics understood by indie of bands such as Paramore, Of Monsters and Men and The Lumineers.

All production credits go to Miguel Alejandro Comas, and all tracks performed by Sweet Lizzy Project with Carlos Varela, who also has songwriting credits on several tracks, on Another Revolutionand Raul Malo in its English version.

The beauty of the arrangements, the production and timbre in each and every song, and the cohesion of the product is undeniable, but it is hard to keep track of the lyrics, both because of the vague and thin thread of the message, and because of the space that the voice occupies in the mix.

Pirate RadioThe album, a very well produced album, presents a nice and refreshing sound palette compared to what one might prejudicially expect from Cuban rock, which fortunately I feel is moving further away from the dictatorship of metal every day, but it has nothing that has not been heard in other albums. That said, Pirate Radio is a breath of fresh air, one of the best local rock albums I've heard in recent years. In short, it's not a bad album, but I wouldn't say it's one of the best I've heard in recent times either. It's good and it sounds good, it's a nice timebut it doesn't say anything to me, and I'm sorry I've heard it before.

Recommended album tracks: Angel (Black Water), It Was a Mistake (Shake the Walls), I Will Disappear (Slip Away), The Guilt of Silence (I Love You)

 

 

Avatar photo Daniel Rosette Aguilera He's probably listening to music or talking about it. Someday he'll make a living from making music and playlists. More posts

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