Best of 2008.
I was recently inspired by my best mate to review my favourite music from last year (in order to make him a CD of the resultant tracks for his birthday), and thought I’d share the result with you. In reverse order.
#04 .: Forgive Durden, Razia’s Shadow: A Musical
Forgive Durden used to be a full band of four members, forming sometime around 2002-2003, and finally getting a break with the release of their first full-length record, Wonderland, in 2006.
Originally envisioned as a side project, frontman Thomas Dutton actually began work on Razia’s Shadow a couple of months before the band got their big break. However shortly after the received their chance to support their debut, everyone else in the band quit due to personality conflicts.
Thomas chose to continue work on the album, enlisting his brother Paul (a music composition major) to assist in composing the music, and Gatsbys American Dream drummer Rudy Gajadhar to lay the beats. Artists from other bands far and wide contributed to the record, from Panic At The Disco‘s Brendon Urie to Saves The Day‘s Chris Conley to Say Anything‘s Max Bemis.
Released in October, the album is a stunning change from any of its contemporaries; a triumph, it transcends any comparison to mere concept albums or rock operas and stands alone as a true musical, both wondrous and entertaining, amusing and moving.
The video above is for the album’s third track, Life Is Looking Up. In the song, the main character in the first act is rejoicing over the fact that despite the growing frustration he feels about his place in the new world, his feelings of love for another angel are reciprocated.
The video was produced by the Dutton brothers themselves, and is likely going to be the only single as the rest of the record is a) very theatric, b) driven by narrative, and c) features guest vocalists from other bands. Still worth a look, and should draw you in to the album itself.