Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties   Routine Maintenance
3.7
great
Release Date: 2019
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5.0 classicMathias | May 14th 19

WDHEO sounded like a stripped down Wonder Years with ornamental instrumentation (which isn?t a bad thing). Routine Maintenance sees Aaron West creating his own sound and continuing the narrative in a beautiful way.

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3.0 gooddedex | May 13th 19

Excellent narratively and emotionally, but much less engaging musically imo. 3.2

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4.0 excellentOrangentorte | January 3rd 20

Dan Campbell ist ein Ausnahmetalent. Das stellt er sowohl in seinem künstlerischen Schaffen als Sänger von The Wonder Years, aber vor allem in Bezug auf sein Nebenbandprojekt Aaron West & The Roaring Twenties unter Beweis.
Bei „Routine Maintenance“ handelt es sich um den zugehörigen Albumzweitling. Und der sticht nicht mehr ganz so sehr ins Herz wie das Debüt „We Don't Have Each Other“. Auch nicht so sehr wie die Nachfolger-EP „Bittersweet“. Das ist jedoch nicht den nach wie vor mitreißenden Folk-Klängen mit Emo-Einschlag geschuldet. Sondern eher der Tatsache, dass der fiktive Charakter Aaron West langsam aber sicher zu sich selbst findet. Dass er allmählich mit der Vergangenheit und den Erinnerungen an seine Ex-Frau Frieden schließt und nun neuen Herausforderungen entgegenblickt.
Alle diese inhaltlichen Entwicklungen führen eben zu weniger Herzschmerz und mehr hoffnungsvoller Euphorie auf „Routine Maintenance“.
Abgesehen davon bleiben uns aber auch auf dieser Platte wunderschön sinnbildliche Lyrics wie etwa „We used to smoke on the fire escape, now we just smoke in the living room“ erhalten.

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4.0 excellentellagos | November 12th 19

Man Soupy has been at his songwriting A game for so long now I think people are just sleeping on him because he is so consistent.

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2.5 averageAmbrosian | May 21st 19

Would have worked better as a country album, the sadness of this album just isn't communicated through this vocal and production style.

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4.0 excellentMaySun91 | May 13th 19

Something about this isn't clicking for me, especially after revisiting We Don't Have Each Other.
The lyrics are really good and emotional. But something about the instrumentation has taken a step
back for me. A lot of the songs feel samey and I think it's due to the overuse of the horns. They
don't work for me in a lot of the songs and feel shoehorned in.

EDIT: I've almost completely done a 180 on this. It finally clicked for me and it's been on
constant repeat since. The overuse of the horns still kinda bothers me but this is one hell of an
album and narrative.

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0.0 INTERNATIONAL POPSTAR STEVEN WILSON | May 13th 19

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