This latest album from The Fairchilds is full of contradictions. A largely rock-based album with a social conscience! Mainstream sounds but with mass appeal to the more discerning and underground listener too! Music which grooves but still has something to say! Guitar music as funky, pop-poised and danceable as the best artists that those genres have to offer! That’s three exclamation marks in a row! Four now! I have probably used up the quota for this month!
Mainly the work of one man, Cyril Niccolai, Let It Out has a rock core, though often an understated one, but he is the master of pushing that sound into neighbouring styles and genres to create wonderful hybrid songs which make even the most anti-rock listener question their own beliefs and musical outlook.
Tracks such as She Drives Me Crazy does rock music in the same way that the likes of Prince used to approach such things. The result is a rock and roll groover which is also funky, pop-aware, soulful, sultry and sassy. And as if to prove the breadth of the musical spectrum that he sure-footedly dances along, the very next track Hey God is a pop-rock ballad of epic proportions.
And then there are tracks such as A Crack in The Mirror, an anthemic rocker, a foot-on-the-monitor, fist-in-the-air, stadium-ready, scorcher, I Need Your Love is a slice of soul-blues sass with an added kick and the title track itself ends the album with a rousing, drifting, searing, epic, indie-rock swansong.
The great thing about this new album is the way it plays with both creativity and consistency. The former comes in the form of Cyril Niccolai’s ability to push his core sound through any generic wall he chooses to merge and meld genric sounds together. The latter because even when he is heading off on the wildest flights of fancy, the finished result always sounds like it belongs on this album, that it is part of his sonic signature.
It is easy to see just why he has found himself sharing stages with the likes of Keane, Dashboard Confessional and The Stereophonics. That same blend of rock and roll knowhow and indie cool. That same sense of adventure. That same ability to tip the hat slightly to the sounds of the past whilst striding confidently into a bright new musical horizon.
Let It Out is the perfect post-genre album, one which understands the rules of music well enough to know which ones still apply and which ones to ignore, update or even ignore altogether.