Though they are all musicians of the same genre, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, and Pink Floyd seldom get mentioned in the same sentence, and I never thought I’d be able to compare the music of one artist to the music of all three of these giants. This all changed however, after listening to Signals, the latest album from Scottish band, Preacher.
The album contains twelve tracks, and each and every one of them will leave you feeling relaxed and in a pleasant trance-like state. The first track on the album “Time,” starts off sounding psychedelic, reminiscent of the work of Pink Floyd and their album Dark Side of the Moon in particular. As the song went on, soothing vocals emerged, along with lyrics that will keep you thinking long after the track’s final chords sound. The quality of the lyrics is similar to those of Bob Dylan and, at times, Burgoyne’s voice sounds similar to Bob Dylan, though Burgoyne’s voice is arguably better, and more powerful.
“Fat Cats” is the fourth and catchiest track on the album. It will stay in your head and have you humming to it for a few days. That being said, it’s not catchy in the sense of being an upbeat or uplifting track; it’s mellow and challenging, both lyrically and instrumentally. As with the first song and virtually every song on the album, its lyrics are expertly and poetically written. Though it sounds similar to the work of Genesis and Floyd instrumentally, the vocals of this track can be easily compared to David Bowie, a powerful voice that is simultaneously like listening to a soft whisper.
Contrary to many albums, there is not a single track on Signals that seems unnecessary, out of place, or of poor quality. If there is one track that stands out as particularly good however, it is definitely the title track. From the opening chords, it sounds as though it could be the theme of a James Bond movie. It wouldn’t be one of those Bond themes that are overly loud or action-packed; it would be one with a slow but powerful sound that immerses you completely into the film. You will fall deeply into this song, and then you will want to listen to it all over again when it has sadly ended.
Though most of the tracks sound similar to each other, they each have an aspect that makes them unique, and therefore worth listening to. Towards the end of the album, songs start to feel repetitive and a tad too lengthy. However, if you are a fan of the artists previously mentioned in this article, chances are you are used to lengthy tracks, and that you might even find solace in their seemingly infinite sound.
Overall, the album is impressive, nearly flawless, and is the perfect listen for any classic rock fan. You will want to keep it on your shelf, alongside the works of the rock pioneers themselves.
Written by Franca G. Mignacca