Edith Violet lends her unique vocals to this project adding
an individual flare to the recognisable landscape that is pop rock music.
Although some songs initially can come across as monotonous, there is a comfort
that comes along with this easy listening.
Violet is the driving force behind the music as, even though
there are some Katy Perry-esque vocal techniques going on, this voice
undoubtedly belongs to FOURS and FOURS alone. More development could perhaps be
in the cards for the instrumentation and production of the tracks but there are
definitely highlights such as the opening of ‘Out of My Depth’ which teases at
a grand, almost dance track feel at the beginning which unfortunately becomes
stagnant in the verses after this initial excitement is created. However, the
chorus comes in to save this making the lacklustre verses almost forgivable.
‘Jay’, the opening to Soak, is probably the strongest song on
the album on the initial listen. It is easy, recognisable and I could imagine radio
stations eager to involve this in their roster. This track would seem to be at
home in a modern Paramore album, mirroring their upbeat and positive guitar pop
sound. After listening to this album, this was the song I had stuck in my head.
Similar sounds exist through the likes of The 1975 and
Paramore, each with their own unique twist on the crowded genre but FOURS seem
to have carved out their own edge of the pie. It will be interesting to see if
this will resonate and extend to a wider audience. Like most spaces in music
nowadays, the question may be whether they can be heard over, or as well as,
the established competition that already takes up most of the space available.
Are they at the same level as their iconic competitors yet?
Most likely not. Do they have the potential? Absolutely. With Edith Violet at
the helm, FOURS has the potential to expand their horizons and create something
I can predict a bright future ahead with a demand for gigs
and hopefully more risk taking with regards to song writing, bringing FOURS to
a whole new level.