Album Review: Quicksilver by Marcus Reeves
An eclectic mix, injecting heart and humanity into a plastic pop world
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When it comes to music, we reckon it's always better to have an eclectic taste. How else are you going to be able to enjoy the plethora of genres and styles out there? So when we popped brand new album Quicksilver – The Masquerade Macabre onto our broken down boom box (remember those?), we were blown away be the diverse and thoroughly enjoyable influences running through it.
There are clear references to some of our favourite songs, divas and most-beloved musicals, but the tracks are clearly all originals written with an honest depth and sometimes dark take on the many different facets of gay culture.
Opener Ghosts is a belter of a track, setting the general tone and feel for the album, but also – considering its dark and moody tempo – prepares you for an onslaught of lively and fun tracks still to come.
Some of the more notable tracks, like Masquerade and Radio Head, sound like the lovechild of Donna Summer and Brian Molko (him off of Placebo), if you can get your head around that, with Cher as some kind of glamorous godmother. It's got the kind of poppy, 80s electro-feel that leaves you longing for summer sun and boys in neon t-shirts and tank tops.
For those with a love for the classic musicals, tracks like Welcome to the Underworld, Behind the Mask and Smoke and Mirrors are what what we would call contemporary takes on the best from Phantom of the Opera and Evita. But while the references are pretty clear from the titles alone, the tracks are still uniquely original and carry themselves on their own enjoyable and dramatic merit.
The slowies, like Gone, Black Tears and Mad Bad World, are the more alternatively-styled tracks, with each one possessing its own essence of sombre-yet-powerful emotion, offering a taste of something almost deliciously melancholic and dramatic for those of us who love something a little darker. Then there's The Disappearing Man, which is an eerie little number telling the tale of a destructive relationship with commitment-phobic other half. It's getting real now, kids.
You know it's been a good journey, though, when the final song lures you into a deceptive state of sadness, before building up to a final power ballad with one hell of a crescendo and feel-good realness, just to make sure you're not left in too blue of a state. This is exactly where the album's final song Afterlife brings the listener, in a dramatically wonderful way to round off this highly entertaining and intelligently-written offering.
Overall, a great listening with some wonderfully honest and captivating lyrics. It's an album with heart, and has a human feel to it that most of these plastic, manufactured pop albums seem to be missing.
Quicksilver is available to buy now. Click here for more info.
Words: Daniel Riding @danielriding