Have you ever got that warm feeling in your stomach when something goes the way you want it to? A happy, reassured feeling that finally something is right in the world? Well, folks, I have to say that after listening to These Curious Thoughts‘ newest release Inventing Dr. Sutherland and His Traveling Hospital this is exactly how I felt. Finally there is a band that is bringing music back to what it should be about – storytelling! There is nothing I look for in an album or artist more than lyrical/musical adventure and an exciting theatrical feel to the music/album. These guys haven been playing for seven years, and it is clear that they are certain they know where they want to be in terms of musical sound.
Inventing Dr. Sutherland and His Traveling Hospital is a full length, eighteen tracked album that with each song tells a story and perfecrly follows each other. Musically and lyrically, this album is right on the money. However, there is one thing that, for me, holds the album back; the vocal ability of the singer. I found his voice to be a bit dull, but in some instances, it is on point for how certain parts of the stories should be told. Even though the vocals aren’t a ten, they sometimes fade into the background making way for the crazy instrumentals, particularly on tracks “Inventing Dr. Sutherland” and “Purple Godzilla”. Emotions run high during”Choking on the Walls” and “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” as well, where the vocals take a backseat to the music. If you have not yet found these tracks on Youtube or downloaded them, you should!
This album is a true adventure all the way through, but we haven’t even gotten to the best part yet! The song “Ashes” is my personal favorite and, in my opinion, the best song on the track list. Not only does this song flow perfectly within the story that is “Inventing Dr. Sutherland and His Traveling Hospital”. Lyrics like “I’d rather choke on my ashes then be in heaven with you” could warm the cold and bitterness that lingers when you have been screwed over or when someone you love pisses you off. The song writing here is top notch, and the lyrics are the most relatable.
For a concept record with a folk and rock base, the wonderfully written stories and the songs that accompany them make for an album that is truly pleasurable to listen to. While I did find the vocals lacking at times, I did enjoy the album as a whole and traveling along with Dr. Sutherland. Cheers!These Curious Thoughts, Inventing Dr. Sutherland and His Traveling Hospital is available on iTunes.
Written by Jessica Valiquette