The Spoken X â€“ Wild Child / 2007 Metro / 13 Tracks / http://www.thespokenx.com /
The title track to â€œWild Childâ€ just exudes cool. From the spoken narrative that starts out the track (think the opening to â€œShaftâ€) and the ropy, cop-drama bass line present, and an individual would have a good idea of what The Spoken X are trying to do with this album. Instead of just sticking with that one sound for the entirety of the track, an electronic influence pushes itsâ€™ way a number of times. The vocals provide the thread that is weaved through the entirety of â€œWild Childâ€, and the band does well in linking earlier and more current styles into a cohesive and current track.
â€œSuperstitionsâ€ is another track of notice on this already solid album. Instead of immediately starting out with a narrative set of vocals as was the case during â€œWild Childâ€, The Spoken X adds a rough and tumble set of vocals that are reminiscent of â€œGirls Girls Girlsâ€-era Motley Crue. This does not mean that this narrative, sometimes ranting, sometimes poetic narrative is removed from the mix. Rather, the narrative links together â€œWild Childâ€ and â€œSuperstitionsâ€ into something similar to chapters in a box. While individuals can listen to a single track on â€œWild Childâ€ and get an appreciation for the band, one needs to listen to the entire â€œWild Childâ€ to get a full idea of what the members of The Spoken X are trying to do with the album, and how well they succeed at accomplishing those goals.
The guitar is the vocal element to â€œSuperstitionsâ€, and while it mainly relies on repetition to put itsâ€™ point home, it varies enough to allow the band to succeed during the track. â€œAltitudeâ€ is the final track that merits further discussion, although all of the songs on â€œWild Childâ€ are impressive in their own right. It is during this track that the band really allows the instrumentation to take on a formless, amorphous style. One can hear space, a Star Trek-type of instrumentation that, when added to the narrative of the track, sounds as if Carl Sagan ate some really good shrooms. The Spoken X goes forward with an album in â€œWild Childâ€ that is miles away from what is traditionally heard in rock music. Like Zappa and anyone that has changed rock music completely, The Spoken X make something new accessible to fans and other musicians alike. I have no doubt that this album will be one that will be present on many an aspiring musicianâ€™s bookshelf.
Top Tracks: Wild Child, Altitude