Other Son - The Darkness In Devotion
Review by Dom Vigil
Other Son’s debut full-length album, The Darkness in Devotion might be filled with with heartbreak, frustration and uncertainty, but sonically, it is clear that the Colorado Springs alt-rock duo are completely comfortable in their skin. The ten songs on The Darkness in Devotion solidify Other Son’s signature moody sound while proving that they’re capable of creative songwriting and emotive lyricism, and by the time the album comes to an end, you’re bound to feel as if you know them a little bit better.
If you’ve never listened to Other Son until now, then the album’s opening track, “Control Freak” is the perfect taste-test, featuring moody yet beautiful songwriting and incredibly blunt lyricism. Dark guitar tones perfectly compliment emotional lyrics that chronicle the dismantling of a relationship and the feelings of bitterness and resentment towards a former significant other. With “Control Freak” alone, Other Son open up immensely, paving the way for the remainder of The Darkness in Devotion.
The songs that follow, while sometimes a bit predictable, are refreshingly honest. “Practice or Pretend (Feel It)” is uplifting and empowering in lines like, “Today, be brave / You got the world in your hands” while “Playhouse” takes on a darker tone and plays on the classic theme of “If I can’t have you, no one will.” While the darker songs can tend to fall into similar songwriting patterns, though, tracks like the poppy “Comfortable” shake things up a bit. With catchy vocals and groovy guitar work, “Comfortable” showcases the band’s versatility.
Although the production and songwriting on The Darkness in Devotion are spectacular, especially for a band’s debut full-length release, the thing that really shines on this album is the lyrical content. Other Son are unafraid to open up and bear their souls on this release, which in turn creates a very personal yet incredibly relatable listen. One of the strongest songs on the album is “Glass Half Empty,” which features a spoken word part in the bridge that cuts deep, followed by the aggressive, angry and frustrated, “I Loved You Once.” This powerful lyrical content is present throughout the entire album, all the way to the stripped down emotional closer, “The Other Son.”
At the start of the album, the raw emotions on The Darkness in Devotion will draw you in, and it’s the smart songwriting, stunning production and dynamic range that’ll hold your attention until the very end. With a timeless sound and relatable lyrical content, The Darkness in Devotion is a powerful debut release from Other Son.
LISTEN TO: “Comfortable”
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