Repetition in a song can either make it catchier or make it completely frustrating. Repetition is a recurring theme in the album, The View From Pompey’s Head by Pomptet, and though it starts off as being slightly exasperating, it progresses into some very catchy, high-quality jazz.
The album opens up with a track called “Chinatown”. It starts off promising, with an interesting layering of sounds, and a nice voice keeping a steady rhythm in the background. However, after a few seconds, the first half of the song becomes much too repetitive and difficult to listen to. Halfway through the song, there is a much-needed piano and bass solo, that is pleasant and would’ve been the perfect way to finish the song. Instead, once the solo was finished, the song goes right back to repeating its first half, sounding like an unnecessary loop.
Most of the album is instrumental, including the second song, which was much better than the first. Though it starts off sounding a tad melancholic, it grows into a wonderfully relaxing song which sounds Parisian-influenced. It’s a simple track, but is completely effective and perfect for listening to when you need a break from everything. The third track is another of the few songs that are not instrumental, and it’s much better than the first one. The vocals are strong but soothing, with a very impressive range. It starts off sounding more upbeat than the rest of the album, with wonderful percussive sounds, and a fun drum beat. As the song progresses though, the sound becomes sad yet calming, and somehow continues to be enjoyable. Its lyrics fit in well, as they are also simultaneously sad and wonderful.
This was followed up by the greatest instrumental piece on the album, “Hurrican’t”. The piano is the focal point of this song, with all the other instruments complementing it beautifully. It’s more complex and layered than the rest of the songs, and sounds more romantic than melancholic. It’s the type of song that will leave you with a warm and happy feeling when it’s done. Next, is the most unique track on the album, opening up with a steady beat that appears to be country-influenced, and then going into a jazz ballad that is influenced by the rock genre. It’s an overall flawless piece.
Closing off the album, “Head Out” is a piece that sounds more commercial than the rest, and “NDFRNW” sounds like the first few instrumentals on the album, making it a great way to end it. Overall, the album is for anyone who enjoys the classic sounds of jazz, and who is patient enough to sit through the few songs that fall flat. It’s a definitely interesting take on the jazz genre.
Written by Franca G. Mignacca