Tuesday, January 22, 2019 • Midnight Edition • "Bring your own straight jacket."

Voyage by The Sound of Arrows Review

Written by GLX on Saturday, November 12 2011 and posted in Reviews

GLX reviews Voyage by The Sound of Arrows.

Back in 2009, I discovered Neon Gold Records' blog and found some great acts that have been on my radar ever since. One of those acts was The Sound of Arrows, whose songs "Into the Clouds" and "M.A.G.I.C." got constant play on my iPod Touch. Fast forward to the present and The Sound of Arrows have released their debut album Voyage upon the world. After listening to Voyage, I can say that their work is as interesting as the day that I first listened to them.

I can't help but think of the similarities between The Sound of Arrows' Voyage and M83's Saturdays = Youth. Both feel like they were crafted as albums that happened to have singles, and they are both reminiscent of 80's films. If Saturdays = Youth is reminiscent of 80's teen films, then Voyage is reminiscent of 80's children's epics such as The Neverending Story. It's a very cinematic album through the use of musical reprises, a children's choir on such songs as "Ruins of Rome," and tracks that transition nicely from one to the other. One thing that's also worth noting is that Stefan Storm's voice has an innocence to it. I can't place my finger on it, but it's something to be heard to be believed.

Fans that have wondered how previous Sound of Arrows releases "Into the Clouds" and "Magic" would mesh with the rest of the album need not fear. They both fit within the greater scheme of the album - especially "Magic." While fans of the group may have an appreciation of the singles "Nova" and "Wonders," there are some gems that are packed within the album. "My Shadow" is a single that's just waiting to be dropped. The song starts off with a great synth lead and keeps the song's momentum with a solid backbone for the track. Storm wonderfully delivers the final line of the song:  "The only one that got my back is my shadow." It's heartbreak wrapped in a catchy pop tune.

"Longest Ever Dream" is another album highlight and is arguably the most cinematic track on Voyage. The lead synth, the beat, the female singer and Storm's voice all sound like they were taken from an 80's classic. One thing that did bug me about the track is the inclusion of spoken word during the second verse. There's a plain-spoken female voice that repeats the lyrics and it feels out of place.

Even with some of its faults, there's plenty to love about Voyage. It's a satisfying album that starts and ends naturally. Easily recommended.

8* out of 10*

Written or Contributed by: GLX

Help spread the word, loyal readers! Share this story on social media:

Comment without an Outhouse Account using Facebook

We get it. You don't feel like signing up for an Outhouse account, even though it's FREE and EASY! That's okay. You can comment with your Facebook account below and we'll take care of adding it to the stream above. But you really should consider getting a full Outhouse account, which will allow you to quote posts, choose an avatar and sig, and comment on our forums too. If that sounds good to you, sign up for an Outhouse account by clicking here.

Note: while you are welcome to speak your mind freely on any topic, we do ask that you keep discussion civil between each other. Nasty personal attacks against other commenters is strongly discouraged. Thanks!
Help spread the word, loyal readers! Share this story on social media:

About the Author - GLX

For years, GLX has been writing on-and-off for The Outhousers about comics, video games, and other stuff. He currently resides in The South. You can catch him in the forums or @glxwriter on Twitter.



More articles from GLX
The Outhouse is not responsible for any butthurt incurred by reading this website. All original content copyright the author. Banner by Ali Jaffery - he's available for commission!