The Royal Noise, Unbreakable, Review
There’s nothing better in the world than some good, old fashion Jazz music, able to set the mood for any and all occasions. The Royal Noise gives us just that and more, with their second studio album, Unbreakable, perfecting their trade by incorporating classical jazz with funk, soul, and rock elements. Declared “one of the best funk acts to emerge from the East Coast in a long while” by Simon Eddie of the Homegrown Music Network, The Royal Noise are surely living up to expectations.
The first track off Unbreakable, “Bunot”, begins slowly with a mix of drums, saxophone, and keys, followed by an increasingly upbeat rhythm that is both soothing and edgy. Moving along through the album, found are two distinctly cheerful, fun tracks, “Adirondack Tea” and the album’s title track, “Unbreakable”, both feature electrifying sax, guitars, and drums, which mesh well with the overarching jazzy/funk vibe. These two songs may very well be the highlights of the album, although there are several more tracks not to be overlooked.
“Orbital” excellently displays the psychedelic jazz-rock aspect of The Royal Noise, and is without a doubt one of the most tranquilizing songs off the album. Having slow instrumental songs is always a plus on any album, in this The Royal Noise provides listeners with two of these songs to fall in love with. “Foster’s Flop” and “Fields of Green” are beautifully crafted into some of the most calming, lullaby-like instrumentals that I’ve had the privilege of hearing this year. For anyone in need of soothing, chill-out songs, “Foster’s Flop” and “Fields of Green” should definitely be put at the top of the list. The last two tracks off Unbreakable are “Bop Devil” and “Tree Funk”. In this case, being last means being filled with energy, with never a dull moment in between, and these two tracks are enough to leave even the most conservative gal up on her feet dancing the night away.
The Royal Noise is well on their way to making a name for themselves in the jazz/funk music scene with their high energy, and emotion filled and astonishing instrumentals. Unbreakable was released on June 14, 2013 and can be found on the bands website (http://www.theroyalnoise.com/). Also, be sure to check out and “like” the band’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/theroyalnoisemusic) for information on the latest releases and tour dates.