Review - Frankmusik - Between
Frankmusik has had a rather rough few years. First he had a promising career start: two Top 40 hits and his debut album peaked at number 13 in the UK. Sadly, his second album, though it was touted as a big deal, didn’t live up to the expectations. Sure it was good, but not even banging lead single “Do It In The AM” (which featured Far East Movement) could chart…at all.
So, Frankmusik did what anyone would do…he changed his name, dropped his label, and tried something new. Vincent Did It release a free EP, and that was all. Frank realized it is better to stick with what has worked, even if it isn’t currently.
And here we are. Frankmusik is back, and in this writer’s opinion, better than ever. Vincent (his real name) has proven that though he may not have charting singles or big label budgets, he can still churn out some top-notch pop music.
Frankmusik has always been a refreshing blend of contemporary electro pop and old-school tunes, and this album takes this up to a new notch. Some songs are a mixture of everything, and others are one or the other. “Did Love” is powerpop straight out of…well…the 80’s? Some other time? How can something sound retro, yet you can’t quite place when it’s from?
Lead single “Fast As I Can” showcases Vincent’s magnificent vocals, as well as his songwriting savvy and his production wizardry. In case you hadn’t noticed, I’m a fan.
Very few of the twelve tracks on ‘Between’ (including the hidden “Thank You”) are skippable, so this is easily worth your money. This album may have completely failed to chart…anywhere…but we know this doesn’t mean squat (Vincent proves this).
Listen up: “Cake”, “Captain”, “Pins and Needles”, “Fast As I Can”, and “Life (Is My Revenge)”