Let me get this straight, Rudimental isn’t a single guy who is a DJ; it’s a band of four guys among whom one is a DJ. And they make dance music. Well, that’s a lot to take in from their Wikipedia page. See, there is a good side to using the internet. Otherwise, I would be writing a lot of nonsense in this review.
I don’t know much about Rudimental other than their bio found on Wikipedia. I know that this is their third studio album, they have had commercial success before and that they make good music. No lie, just go and listen to These Days featuring Jess Glyne and Macklemore. You’ll see what I am talking about.
Here we have Toast to Our Differences, an album they claim it celebrates the diversity of music from different parts of the world which they recorded for three years (since their second studio album). So, given my scarce knowledge about the band, did I enjoy the album? Yes, a lot.
What I like
The first thing I was looking for in the album was diversity in lyrical themes because the album name suggests that there is such diversity. And boy, do we get it. Rudimental pretty much talks about everything from talking about equality (Toast to our differences); living your own life (Let me live); Love (Walk alone, They don’t care about us, Do you Remember); Regrets (These days); and world injustices (No pain).
It’s amazing how all these songs were produced and put together in one project. Speaking of production, it is a job well done. Of course it is, I mean these four guys know what they are doing. Perhaps the best part about the album is the features included. Talk about getting people from various parts of the world and nail their performances. Amazing.
After listening to it three times, I got to appreciate how this album is just more than a Dance Album. This is another good example of celebration of music. Good stuff I tell you.
What I don’t like
Just a couple of issues with Rudimental’s album but I’m just going to be petty about them because they are subjective rather than objective.
First, it has 16 tracks. According to the good book of Making Good Albums, 12 songs is more than enough. 16 is just stretching a little bit too far. Some songs shouldn’t have made the cut, like Summer Love (featuring Rita Ora).
Second, some songs didn’t have good beat drops, like Summer Love and Adrenaline. The latter was a bit better than the former. Then we have some songs which were just there, like Summer Love.
Have I mentioned how I don’t like Summer Love? No? Let me explain.
It’s just boring. Trust me, I have tried to listen to it like twenty times and I still don’t like it. The production is okay, Rita Ora sings as if she would rather be somewhere else and the beat drop doesn’t do anything for me. Add those three ingredients together and you get the most generic song ever made.
Sorry, that’s just how I feel.
Ignoring my dislike for that one song, this is a good album. I wouldn’t mind giving it another try. 8/10