Current Swell – When To Talk And When To Listen (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 35:46 minutes | 419 MB | Genre: Alternative
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Nettwerk Records
Hard working Canadian Rock quartet Current Swell are back with “When To Talk and When To Listen”. The band worked with famed producer Jacquire King (Cold War Kids, Of Monsters and Me, Kings of Leon) at Blackbird Studios in King’s home of Nashville, and at renowned Vancouver studio The Warehouse. This latest offering is a seamless collection of bittersweet ruminations on love, loss, and the connections we so desperately seek.
Any track on the album can stand alone and tell it’s own story, but collectively the songs offer a narrative that reflects the maturing of the band, both in their musicianship and, on a more personal level, through their own personal triumphs and tragedies. The emotional heart comes from two tales in particular, title track “When to Talk and When to Listen’ and ‘Marsha’. Each address the loss of a parent and part of the grief that accompanies that experience; losing a confidente and the ongoing search for guidance. A hint of youthful heartache can still be found in lead single ‘It Ain’t Right’, even as ‘Staying Up All Night’, a nostalgic look back to late nights with friends and lovers, expresses relief that those days are behind. There’s faint echo of Kings of Leon in ‘Use Me Like You Do’ (the second single off the album) yet the band retains their autonomy throughout, thanks in part to lead singer Scott Stanton’s distinct vocals. At it’s core When To Talk And When To Listen is the lyrical telling of a journey into adulthood; heartbreak has passed by, relationships have been strengthened, births celebrated and losses mourned. It echoes the journey any one of us takes, grounding us, reminding us, that much of life is a shared experience. That “how to love without condition” is a honest intent and one worth striving for.
01 – Marsha
02 – You Got It Easy
03 – It Ain’t Right
04 – When to Talk and When to Listen
05 – Woman in White
06 – Staying Up All Night
07 – Use Me Like You Do
08 – Thief of Joy
09 – Like I Fight for You
10 – The Time and the Weight
11 – Marsha Reprise