The last time I wrote about The Drawing of the Three it was to review their stripped back acoustic EP Explosions in the Sky but now with their first full length release they are back in their full indie rock glory.
The first thing I will say about Broken Walls is that this truly is an album. Unlike a lot of modern releases that feel more like a collection of individual singles all ready to download this is a proper old school album where all the parts combine to create one singular piece of art. And what those parts create is fantastic. The ebb and flow of the tracks is paced perfectly to make the time taken to listen to the album seemingly fly by.
That is not to say that the album all sounds the same as there is actually a lot of variety throughout the album however the differences compliment each other so well that the changes feel natural and happen almost without you noticing.
Broken Walls as a whole is a truly wondrous ensemble piece but there are also many standout moments as well. Chief amongst these is the track Paper Hearts, this is a fantastic bit of songwriting. Lyrically it is a moving tale of lost love but what really makes it stand out is the wonderful musical rise and fall, and if I hadn’t just ruined the surprise the sudden step up in tempo and intensity for the chorus is definitely unexpected and is only bettered by the equally unexpected drop into the simple base line at the end of the chorus.
Though not quite so dramatic a change of pace is again displayed in Three Words, a lyrical antithesis of Paper Hearts this is an upbeat love song of an immensely catchy nature that helps the Drawing of the Three stand apart from the many moody indie bands and highlights that positive emotion can be as much a creative force as negative ones.
But radical beat changes is not the bands only go to move on this album, there is a lot more variety to the songwriting than that. In this respeact Modern Life stands out as something quite different. Seemingly like a mid-album break this is a ‘Choose Life’ style mantra as if performed by an OK Computer era Radiohead which shows that the band doesn’t just have a single formula for writing songs but instead are willing to try different paths.
Veering between indie tracks like This City and No Change Girls and slightly heavier, rockier tracks like God Is In The TV and Outlines this album quite literally hits all the right notes. Builts upon catchy riffs, strong base lines and some thoughtfully provoking lyrics this is as good an album as you’ll hear from any artist this year and as a debut gives The Drawing of the Three a lot to live up to with any future releases