Some albums are meant to entertain us while others are riddled with emotion and will make you feel every word and note deep within your core. English folk band Red Sonnet‘s debut album, Across the Bridge, falls under the latter category and will leave you both smiling and shedding a few tears.
The opening chords to the first song, “When Your Love Was Close to Me”, are heart-breakingly beautiful and set the tone for a large portion of the rest of the album. The vocals are as soothing as the sounds of every string, and are sure to relax even the most stressed out person.
Opening up with powerful piano sounds is the next song on the album, the title track, which contrasts nicely with the album opener. The vocals have an incredible range which, as a whole, sound wonderfully theatrical. The tone of the song somehow manages to send all of your best and worst memories rushing to your brain as you listen.
“Elijah’s Sonnet” was far different from both the previous tracks, employing a much happier and more light-hearted guitar riff along with happier vocals, making for an overall joyous song. It was an upbeat song, typical of the folk genre, and sounded more commercial than the rest of the album.
“Water’s Flow” was mostly intrumental, unlike the rest of the album, with some operatic vocal accompaniments. Emotion is weaved into every second of the song. It had a sound perfect for a movie soundtrack. It was one of the best songs on the album.
“Sacred King” had more of a triumphant sound than a sad one, though violins added melancholy to a backdrop of uplifting vocals and other instruments. The sounds complimented each other very nicely.
“The Whitest Stone” employed some electric sounds alongside the other familiar sounds that were present throughout the album. It was a tad less melancholic, and more relaxing than the rest of the album. The last few tracks sound a lot like the beginning of the album, and had an appropriate bittersweet sound to the end.
Overall, this album is for those who wish to delve deep into their emotions. With the exception of a few tracks, it is an album for those who enjoy listening to sad songs with a steady and relaxing melody.
Written by Franca G. Mignacca