Alexa Borden
Flares


4.0
excellent

Review

by Trey Spencer STAFF
February 24th, 2013 | 20 replies | 3,642 views


Release Date: 01/21/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Alexa Borden delivers soothing, dreamy pop that benefits from a fuller sound and improved songwriting.

Alexa Borden is one of those rare musicians that almost seem to have been born with the ability to create music. At an early age she taught herself to play multiple instruments and by fifteen she had already released her debut album. That album, Speck in the Universe, displayed an artist that was clearly evolved beyond her years, but that still had room to grow. It was a soothing, dreamy pop album that was carried by warm melodies and Alexa’s angelic voice, but that also suffered from a subtle lack of dynamics and variation. Fortunately, Alexa Borden has refined almost every aspect of her craft and has also rectified the minor issues that plagued her debut; the result is her sophomore album Flares.

Like her debut, Flares is entirely a DIY effort – written and recorded exclusively by Alexa Borden in her own home studio. Sonically, it also shares a very similar sound with Speck in the Universe. The music is still very soothing – built on piano melodies and Alexa’s angelic voice – but it also won’t eventually lull you to sleep. Alexa has managed this change in a few ways; most notably through the use of electronics. The integration of electronics is often subtle, but it’s enough to provide substantial support to the piano melodies that comprise the main musical motifs. The electronics have also provided her with a wider array of percussive options and together with the synth have almost transformed her music from dreamy pop to actual dream pop – almost. The other major factor that allows this album to remain interesting despite its mellow nature is the songwriting itself. Alexa’s vocal melodies have come a long way, and the choruses have become much more infectious and memorable.

Nobody in his right mind would have expected a fifteen year old to be able to release the debut album that Alexa Borden did, and most would be equally surprised to see how much farther she has come in just a few short years. While Speck in the Universe exhibited an artist trying to find her niche while stumbling along the way, Flares is the realization of all that raw potential – an artist that has just about hit the ground running. Flares carries forward every positive aspect of its predecessor while delivering those elements in a fuller, more developed package, allowing Alexa Borden’s voice to effectively get into your head and stay there.



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Willie
Moderator
February 24th 2013



15886 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Stream both of her albums here: http://www.alexaborden.com/music.html


Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/album/2AFg7jdBglaCYEMS4VzdxN

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YankeeDudel
February 24th 2013



9305 Comments


she looks like a cutie


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Willie
Moderator
February 24th 2013



15886 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Definitely. Good voice too.

BallsToTheWall
February 24th 2013



44164 Comments


Don't know Yankee. From this angle she could be really cute or really fucking ugly. Either way I haven't jammed to any stuff like this in years so will probably youtube.

klap
Staff Reviewer
February 24th 2013



10258 Comments


nice job on getting this trey. i enjoy it

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Willie
Moderator
February 24th 2013



15886 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You like it? I never heard back from you so I finally just knocked it out real fast.

BallsToTheWall
February 24th 2013



44164 Comments


Also great avatar Willie, love the Silent Hill movie.

klap
Staff Reviewer
February 24th 2013



10258 Comments


yeah and i liked her last one too, this is in my wheelhouse. no time to review tho : (

zxlkho
February 24th 2013



3460 Comments


this sounds interesting

Tyrael
February 24th 2013



20740 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yesssssss

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
February 24th 2013



3344 Comments


enjoying this greatly

Willie
Moderator
February 24th 2013



15886 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Cool. She's an independent artist, so I'm glad people are taking the time to check it out.

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
February 24th 2013



3344 Comments


This is like the musical equivalent of cotton candy - it's super fun and sweet, but there's the feeling that there's not actually that much there. Still good though, at least a solid 3-3.5.

Willie
Moderator
February 24th 2013



15886 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

If you look at her influences and thought process for this album, you'd see that it seems to be pretty significant. It's just a matter of being able to identify with what she is singing about.

toxin.
February 25th 2013



12021 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Awesome, this really seems like my kind of music.

foxblood
February 25th 2013



6797 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

fuck it, i'll give it a go

foxblood
February 25th 2013



6797 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I Want to be Near to You is great

Tyrael
February 25th 2013



20740 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This rules, thanks for this Trey

Willie
Moderator
February 25th 2013



15886 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

No problem. It looks like someone checked out the debut too.

ILJ
February 28th 2013



6619 Comments


She's pretty attractive. I'll check this out. Not that that's the only reason why, but it certainly doesn't hurt.

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