Breathe Again, the new album from Nashville-based Spoken, is aptly named. It’s a new, fresh outlook for the band, who has been playing music together since 1997 despite numerous member changes over the years. The driving guitar of Scoop Roberts and the vocal dynamics of Matt Baird are the draw on the album, the band’s eighth studio album, their first with Artery Recordings after signing with the label this past summer. Every track blends well into the next, immediately grabbing your attention and creating a cohesive album, the expert songwriting allowing each track to run its course. The songs are littered with tasteful growling backing vocals, melodic orchestral accompaniment, gripping keyboard and straightforward lyrics from longtime vocalist Matt Baird. It’s all held together and kept tight by drummer Isaiah Perez. The members of Spoken have a good grasp on what it takes to write a crafty song and keep the listener engaged. They start you off with something alluring and at times slightly aggressive, then give you a catchy hook that you will later find yourself singing, alone in your car. As a whole, it’s an album full of songs you want to hear on your playlists, something to be expected from a band with such a long and storied history. Even though it’s their eighth rodeo, Breathe Again is a fresh take for this trio.
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