ALBUM: THIS IS WHO WE ARE
RELEASE DATE: 14-MAY-10 RATING 65 /100
GENRE: MODERN POP, MAINSTREAM ROCK
PRODUCER: DI-RECT & JAMES LEWIS
REVIEWER: RAYMOND "EVERYBODY LOVES RAY" COONEN
Should I talk about the fact they won every prize there is to win in the Netherlands? Or should I talk about the string of top 40 hits they released in a few years (19 hits to this date, since 2001)? Or that Di-Rect since there debut become quickly an established name in the Dutch music scene? A debut album ("Discover") that sold over 40,000 copies and that while the average age of the band members is twenty years?!
One thing I have to say is that they have a new front man since last year. I will come back on this later in the review.
"Flies, Ants and Elephants" is, as the title already might have guessed, a very nice track when you listen to it if you are stoned (I can imagine that guitarist Spike loves this song haha). A song that is influenced by the seventies like the The Who, The Doors or Fleetwood Mac sound. Just like the little bit bluesy sounding and the over seven minutes lasting "Walk With Me", the songs "All That We Ever Had" and "Mr Man". It's even more obvious in "Veni, Vidi, Vici". The guitar, drums and organ makes it sound very retro. Not bad but I like the fresh sounded Di-Rect sound from the beginning of the album much more. The kitsch sounding "Just A Face" and slow starting "When You’re Lost" are in my humble opinion very weak songs. When you push the fast-forward button after this last song you can hear the hidden Rolling Stones sounded medley of the complete album.
01. Times Are Changing*
02. Natural High*
04. This Is Who We Are*
05. Hold On
06. Flies, Ants & Elephants
07. Walk With Me
08. Just A Face
09. All That We Ever Had
10. Veni Vidi Vici
11. Mr. Man
12. When You’re Lost
Marcel Veenendaal : vocals
Spike Van Zoest : guitars
Bas Van Wageningen: bass
Vince Van Reeken : piano, keyboards, organ