The New Normal – Rick Christian (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Music, that made by musicians worth their salt at least, has always been able to talk about more than one thing at a time. In the case of alternative-electro artist Rick Christian, this duality of conversation takes the form of a cool and groovesome musical rhetoric, one that is just concerned with getting your feet moving and your pulse racing, whilst lyrically it is also able to address some deeper issues.

Not all of them are new, although there are some obvious recent additions to the list of topics, such as Holiday In Covid. But in general, they are things that have bothered us for a long time such as the relentless machinations of society, where the human race might be headed and what it is like to find yourself on the outside of everything.

And these subjects he puts to a mix of sounds and styles, from The Human Race’s brooding rhythms to Wondering’s introspective grace from A Great Reset’s nostalgic nods to Machine’s bombastic beats.

Dance music it may be, of sorts, but within its scope, between the notes and even as a sublimable message hidden below the lyrics themselves, it has plenty to say. You just have to know how to listen.

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