Aidan Knight
Versicolour


4.0
excellent

Review

by East Hastings USER (9 Reviews)
January 28th, 2012 | 13 replies | 1,975 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist


2 of 2 thought this review was well written

There’s a telling moment in Versicolour’s opening track, “The Sun”, where singer-songwriter Aidan Knight’s voice cracks, just slightly. It tells the listener that this record, while taking detours through the happiest and most melancholy moments of indie, alternative, and bluegrass, is very human. Aidan Knight pours his heart out into the 9 tracks of Versicolour, and the result is a pleasant meandering journey through Knight’s world, led by his soothing voice and acoustic guitar.

Opening track “The Sun” might not be best suited as an opening track, as it contains some of the album’s darkest moments and is the longest song, yet the ending is a clashing crescendo of beauty that leads into album highlight “Fighting Against Your Lungs”, complete with a horn solo and absolutely gorgeous second half. Knight employs his best singer-songwriter acoustic guitar shtick on most of the songs, but includes other instruments such as keyboards, horns, lap steel, drums, and mandolin to great effect throughout. Drums are used well on “North East South West”, with the heaviest moments of Versicolour in the song’s second half, and “Knitting Something Nice for You”, providing a driving rhythm and a backdrop to Knight’s most passionate vocal performance on the album. Lyrically, Knight throws no surprise punches, with some occasionally ambiguous lyrics that tend to stay in the realm of “safe”, but serve the songs well. Female voices can sometimes be heard harmonizing with Knight, as in the slow, keyboard-led “Altar Boys”, or the a capella bluegrass tribute “Sorrows” and its big brother, “Jasper”, which marks the album’s most upbeat song with some pleasant lap steel and guitar plucking work. Final track “Canadian Lovesong”, however, follows up “Jasper” rather poorly, seeming to go nowhere with Knight crooning over electric guitar strums. It might have been more prudent to end the album on a happier note with “Jasper”, to contrast with the melancholy of the opening track.

Knight is well-known in the Bandcamp.com world, as Versicolour is up on there for free, and Knight encourages downloaders to get the word out about his music on the album’s page. It’s a good idea, too, because his music is quite good.



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East Hastings
January 28th 2012



4391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pay what you want for it here
http://aidanknight.bandcamp.com/album/versicolour

seedofnothing
January 28th 2012



3425 Comments


Review should be broken up into at least 3-4 paragraphs.

East Hastings
January 28th 2012



4391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah realized that, done

seedofnothing
January 28th 2012



3425 Comments


Pos




East Hastings
January 28th 2012



4391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks man

Jash
January 28th 2012



4243 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dude im so glad you found this!!! This guy lives on the same island off the coast of Vancouver that I do, just in a city two hours away. I've seen him too many times to count now, every time he's so good. The best was seeing him open for Patrick Watson in Vancouver. He was so nervous because it was a pretty big show and he was so awkward on stage but he made it so funny. He brought some guy on stage with him halfway through who played a banjo and had so many delay and loop pedals, it was so cool. If you ever get a chance to see him do so! Good review too man, pos

East Hastings
January 28th 2012



4391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ah dude that's awesome I'm glad you knew about this guy haha and I'll check him out if I have the opportunity, thanks

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
January 28th 2012



9033 Comments


Jack's Mannequin's album cover?

East Hastings
January 28th 2012



4391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This came out almost a year before that album

iambandersnatch
January 28th 2012



1464 Comments


This is the only review that I wanted to read out of all 13 user reviews on the front page atm. That's never happened before. Props for not reviewing something boring or something we already know about. Gonna d/l this. Review is pretty informative for how short it is, pos.

East Hastings
January 28th 2012



4391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks man, enjoy

thatoneguy726
January 28th 2012



1630 Comments


"Jack's Mannequin's album cover?"

Haha, that's what caught my attention. Dang, I wonder how much of a coincidence it is.

East Hastings
January 28th 2012



4391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album was released 03/02/2010
People and Things was released 10/04/2011



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