Time Stand Still is the newest album from Family Force 5. I’ve heard a few of their songs before but I can’t say that I listen extensively to them. As the norm for me, i’ll be excluding the last three songs on the album from this review as they are remixes of earlier songs on the album. Shorter read for you, and a shorter write for me.
The first song on the album is Sweep The Leg, opening the album with a gong. The song quickly goes into a soft but quick rhythm that quickly grows louder. There’s a lot going on in the start of the song, but the medley of instruments drops off at points leaving a very plain feeling where the vocals are. Despite the amount of energy the song had it didn’t exactly capture me. I pushed through to the second track, BZRK which features KB. BZRK started out with a stronger electronic basis and a lot of energy in the song. It didn’t drop off and focus on vocals as much as Sweep The Leg, and I liked it a lot better on it’s own in general. It was far from a favorite, but it made the disappointment of the first track start to fade away. It was slightly repetitive towards the end, but everything has that affect sometimes. Track three is titled Show Love, and it was a quick build to a rapid paced song, sliding easily into the vocals. The instruments weren’t overpowering, but they weren’t as sparse as they had been on the first track. Overall, I really liked this song and it quickly became a contender for my top songs on the album.
The fourth track on the album was Time Stands Still, which started off with a more beat driven attitude as it let into the vocals and the rest of the instruments. The distant vocals on the chorus gave the song a sense of depth from me, in that way where you’re thinking but it’s like someone is telling you your thoughts from a distance away. It easily joined it’s predecessor on the list of possible top songs on the album. The album played on into the fifth track, Walk on Water featuring Melodie Wagner. It starts off rather suddenly, with the vocals being almost at the first second of the song. It has a slower pace than the other songs on the album, and the two singers have voices that perfectly balance each other excellently. It was a great change of pace, and easily took the lead for favorite song on the album. Track six is Glow in the Dark, and it starts out with a loud guitar and quiet vocals. The guitar holds the attention for the majority of the intro, with the lyrics gaining the focus as the song goes on, dropping off after the chorus and letting all of the instruments drive the song during hard and loud intervals. It doesn’t capture me as much as the other three songs did, but it is fun to listen and groove to.
Track Seven, Raised By Wolves, starts off loud and precedes to get louder. It’s more similar to the first track than any of the other tracks, but the quieter parts aren’t as empty sounding. I appreciate that these songs that strike me as similar were placed a good ways apart on the listing because they would have been far too much together in my opinion. The eighth track on the album is Jet Pack Kicks, which has another strong electronic presence, with a focus on a rhythm and beat that drive the song. this particular track didn’t really jump out or make me notice any particular things about it, despite being a nice enough song to listen to. The ninth track is XRAY is slower starting out, with a focus on the vocals. The instruments keep to the background right up to the chorus, letting the song be driven by the melody created in the vocals. It’s a very sweet song, with a lot of variation in speeds and notes throughout it.
The tenth track, Let It Be Love, builds during the beginning, with a lot of focus on the instruments until the vocals came in. As the song continued i couldn’t help but notice how big and open it began to sound. It was the perfect affect to the song, and it joined in the high ranking end of top songs off of this album for me. Everybody Lose Your Mind starts off with a heavy rhythm and a focus on the vocals. It’s got an attitude to it that really makes me want to jam to it. The vocals take a back seat during the musical chorus of the song, but resume their position of driving the song soon after it. It’s a fun song to listen to, and it left me waiting for the twelfth track to start. Dance Like Nobody’s Watching starts off with another electronic drive and the vocals come in as soon as the song starts playing. it’s a fast paced song, but it doesn’t really make me want to dance funnily enough. I like it because it’s the sort of song that i like to put on when i’m hard at work on my many projects.
When Everything’s Changing is a softer beginning compared to the song it follows, and it also has a stronger melody pull. It has a ghost of the big and open sound that Let it Be Love used so well, but it’s no where near as easy to hear it in the course of the song. it easily ranked up there, somewhere in the middle of the songs that really jumped out at me during the album. The second to last song I’ll be listening to is Never Say Never, which has a piano driven rhythm, complimented by the vocals that own the majority of driving the song along. There was a small effect on the piano that bothered my ears a bit, but it wasn’t anything too intense. The final song on the album is This Is My Year, and it starts of with an echoing rhythm, and rapid paced vocals. the songs builds gently, letting the vocals take the forefront of the song. It was a soft song in nature, but it was really fast. Towards the end, there was a period of simplicity where the vocals were accompanied solely by the snapping of fingers, but the instruments rejoined the song and drove the energy up as the song reached the ending, before slowly fading out.
All in all, this was a very interesting album to listen to, with a lot to offer the listener. It’s a strong eight out of ten in my mind, because there were a fair amount of parts that just weren’t to my tastes. Definitely worth a listen either way though.