Drabble: Album Review: Hank Brand – What I Am Now – by Ken McGrath

by specklit

The second release in a planned trilogy, these twelve tracks document English singer Hank Brand’s recent, highly controversial, yet successful, full consciousness transplant.

Musically diverse as the narrative unfolds it moves from bare-bones piano and voice (opener ‘Human Still’), through swirling trip-hop soundscapes (‘Thoughtwaves’, ‘Alive In The Wires’) to bass heavy industrial metal (closer ‘A New Heartbeat’).

On stand-out track and album centrepiece ‘Empty-Shell Full-immersion’ they’ve actually captured the moment Brand goes from being human organic to electronic machine. Listen, you can hear the shift in his voice. Absolutely phenomenal. 5 stars. The world will never be the same again.

Author’s Note: I used to write reviews for a magazine and always wondered if the format would suit a short story.


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