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Thomas Brothers - Album Review: Together

24 Jan 2020 // A review by Isla Norman
Four-piece family band Thomas Brothers are starting 2020 with the exciting release of their second album Together. Having played music together since they were learning to walk, forming a band was a natural progression for the talented family. You can hear the fun the brothers had making the album in the groovy rhythms and blended voices.

The opening track Free begins with mystical arpeggios on a glockenspiel, creating a sense of wonder and searching. The lyrics discuss nostalgia for childhood, a theme that is woven through the album, and appropriate for a family project. Free quickly builds into a pop anthem through the use of a broken synths and a trap beat. The tune features vocals from sister, Esther Ruth, who makes appearances through the whole album, keeping the sound fresh.

Give Me A Sign changes pace with a more intimate sound and eerie backing vocals. The brothers demonstrate their aptitude for weaving classical piano into a more “pop” soundscape. The title track Together is an endearing piece about getting along and enjoying each other’s company. While a little cheesy, the sentiment is very sweet, and the energy is contagious.

A favourite is the more mellow Dreams, which boasts smooth baritone vocals and a soothing piano line. The song builds with slow percussion and creative use of synthesised strings. It would be exciting to see Thomas Brothers experiment with the use of live strings, as in this piece we see the potential for an epic pop ballad.

The year is already looking eventful for Thomas Brothers, as they are taking the stage at Festival One on January 24th and 25th to celebrate the release of their album. I look forward to seeing what else 2020 has in store for this talented group of musicians, and I am excited to see how they develop their sound as time progresses.

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )

About Thomas Brothers

The Thomas Brothers are a band of four brothers. Consisting of four siblings, Sam, Josh, Joe and Ben. They have been playing music together since before they could walk. They released their debut self-titled album in 2016, featuring the songs I Need To Get Home and Keep Holding On.

With a musician for a dad, music is in their blood. But it’s not just music that the brothers are passionate about. For them, the visual representation of songs is equally as important, as evidence on their YouTube page, on which their videos have clocked up impressive streaming numbers in the hundreds of thousands. Fans can now see the exquisitely-shot and edited videos for ‘Sorry’ and 'Writing On The Wall,' featuring a host of well-known names and faces in the creative industries, including James Davies, Rosita Hendry and Dayna Grant.

“We’ve got a lot to say about love, family and togetherness. We’re passionate about getting our message out there and we’re excited to be releasing our second studio album Together on the 24th of January, 2020. You can go fast alone… or you can go far together.”

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Year: 2020
Type: Album
Thomas Brothers
Year: 2016
Type: Album

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