“Tancred” Tancred


Tancred Album Review

Topshelf Records

Released October 15, 2013

Genre: Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Alternative Rock


On her second full length under the moniker Tancred, Jess Abbott of the band Now, Now  delivers a dictionary-definition neat record of indie pop goodness.

It’s a very short and concise album, just like this review. Abbott opens the album with 5 great tracks, tracks that include very vivid imagery described by her soft and clean voice. Tracks like “Twelve” show her musical capability. In this song specifically, she talks about a tragic love that she witnesses between two outside parties. Listening to her words is like reading an old book that carries a powerful message that is still relevant even today. The acoustic and electric guitars help each song perpetuate passion, enhancing the overall experience. The drums are decently recorded; the snare sound wasn’t to my liking, honestly.

However, in the latter part of the album, the music takes a slight turn for the tedious. “Indiana” testifies to this, a song that doesn’t change up the movement of the album. Different instrumentation would have made the song infinitely more compelling. The songs are not boring at all; most people will eat up every track on this album. It’s just that it would be nice for some variation with the instruments. The weaker tracks are like the good friend that never says anything during conversation; you appreciate them, but they don’t add anything as much as you’d like. Luckily, the album finishes strong with the vulnerable closer, “The Worst Kind.”

Anyone who needs a new indie pop album that isn’t afraid of some ROCK in its ROLL should check this out!


FAV TRACKS: The Ring, Allston, Creases, Radio, Twelve

LEAST FAV TRACKS: In The Night, Indiana

Score: (7.7/10)

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