By Sandra Argese
R is as smooth as ever, and continues to re-invent himself with each release.
The front man of is getting pretty good at doing the solo thing. Actually, he’s better than good – he is phenomenal. Once again, Thomas has done nothing to damage this reputation, taking us on a new journey spanning thirteen songs of rock-pop gold. It’s called The Great Unknown, but don’t let the title fool you, we sure do know how great it really is.
The ride is uplifting and powerful – but most of all, memorable. It’s an album mixed with emotional piano ballads, uplifting dance music, and that added flavour of complete vocal perfection.
Each song, without a doubt, deserves its spot.
Lead single Trust You is a mirrored reflection of his previous solo catalogue. It’s upbeat style meets a quick paced rhythm. Thomas’ vocals do no wrong here. The track is co-written by Ryan Tedder of One Republic putting them behind the wheel as they take us for a ride.
Pieces has an ‘Ever the same’ vibe to it to change up the albums flow transitioning into a slow and relaxing listen. Paper Dolls is a melancholic ballad complimented by Thomas’ sharp and heartfelt vocals – it’s deeply emotional tone is strong.
An eighties sounding synthesizer meets Thomas’ voice in Absence of Affection in what culminates to create the most powerful song on the album. It is well worthy of the repeat button, courtesy of some outright killer lyrics.
‘In the absence of affection, we’ll take anything and call it love.’
Hold on Forever provides a feel good head swaying vibe to the album, as the clap-to-the-music tune leaves us feeling cheerfully relaxed.
The album extracts elements of modern pop and filters them through a classic style of alternative pop-rock, crafting a collection of tracks to add to his already impressive discography.
He manages to steer clear of a generic pop sounding album, arriving with a combination of different genres, themes, and styles that work only too well together.
Each of Thomas’ three solo albums have made the top 5 ARIA album charts list, with Something to Be peaking at number 1, Cradlesong at 3, and The Great Unknown at 4. The man is consistent, and again has not disappointed.
Though the album dabs into modern computer generated sounds and slight auto-tune, it still leaves us in love with Thomas’ trademark vocals. At 43 years old, they’re still sharper than ever.
The success of this album is not surprising. It deserves every ounce of radio play it receives, and then some.
Don’t worry, we trust you, .
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