ALBUM REVIEW: Kodaline – ‘Coming up for Air’

Check out the hauntingly cool album cover. Album courtesy of Sony Media Entertainment.


A new Kodaline album already?!  I mean, didn’t they just release their last full album In A Perfect World last year? (It was 2013, by the way)


When I first got my hands on this masterpiece, I didn’t quite know what to do.  I thought, “Should I prepare myself for overwhelming feelings?” Well – of course – it’s Kodaline, therefore it would be a perfect mix of emotional distress and emotional relief.  I wasn’t disappointed, obviously.


They’ve had quite the year, if I recall correctly. A cancelled show a few months ago due to injury, a beautiful song on The Fault in Our Stars’ original soundtrack, and now they’ve released this beauty.


The album, Coming up for Air has 12 tracks – 16 on the deluxe edition – and each song flows perfectly into the next. Their music is what I’d describe as “contemplative tea-time” music because that’s how I find myself enjoying it. Kodaline’s music is what you listen to while making tea & contemplating all the good and bad choices (mostly bad) you’ve made in life.


Stand-out songs were “Love Will Set You Free” and “Everything Works Out in the End” as well as “Moving On” off the deluxe edition. The album comprises of moving piano-heavy pieces, and then there are those with a lean more towards the rock side of the indie-rock-folk (?) genre, with heavier emphasis electric guitar and drums (take a listen to “Play the Game” please!). I personally felt their more powerful songs were the ones that had minimal distraction from the vocal and lyrical experience. I enjoyed the songs where I could really focus on the musicality of the song and the simplicity that can be found within a nice piano intro and softer vocals.


In any sense, the album was beautiful and judging by Twitter reactions, my friends seemed to have enjoyed it as well!


Thank you Steve, Mark, Vinny, and Jason. Much love.


You can buy both editions of the album on iTunes now.




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