AS IT IS – OKAY
Released: Jan 20, 2017
℗ 2017 Fearless Records
- Pretty Little Distance
- Hey Rachel
- Patchwork Love
- Curtains Close
- No Way Out
- Until I Return
- The Coast Is Where Home Is
- Still Remembering
Review Contributed by Lauren Carney
The transatlantic pop-rock UK group release their new album OKAY on the 20th of January 2017 and will be touring Australia on Jan 31. Since their highly-praised 2015 debut album Never Happy Ever After the UK’s As It Is has gained an ever-growing fan following with their sincere and relatable lyrics, following with energised pop-rock melodies. This album sees As it is, push themselves both musically as well as lyrically to craft their most personal honest record to date. The 11 track album OKAY is aimed to bring a story that brings a truly relatable and deeply personal story to all that listens. This album is sure to leave its mark on the world.
The first track on the album opens up with Pretty Little Distance With its catchy turns upbeat harmonising vocals it is the perfect example of just who this talented UK group is.
OKAY the second track on this album, guitar work done by both Benjamin and Andy is simply alluring with heart-rending vocals that just leaving you wanting more of this emotional story that the band is telling. Once this track was released it was only a teaser of what was to come.
Hey Rachel: Between the pop tempos and the emotions of having to swallow everything to say sorry as hard as it is, this track maybe a favorite for some. Others will find it a little different then the first two we have heard from As It Is. This it still remains a catchy one.
Patchwork Love opens up with a fun pop beat just like Okay with easy to sing along lyrics and beautifully written music blending together for a harmonizing balance, which makes this one of the stands out for me on this album coming to a close with a more than graceful finish to this track.
Curtains Close A song about everything you have known has to come to an end at some point powerful vocals claw their way inside you as the song progresses further making you feel every kind of emotion possible that Patty wants you to.
No Way Out is the six track on the album, a song I am sure many people will feel they could relate to at some point and also one that most have already listen to when it was released. Unlike most tracks on this album No Way Out has a faster beat that drags you in. The bass work is really one of the standouts on this track.
Getting to almost the end of the album now Soap has a fun upbeat sound with amazing work on the guitars and drums which come together to match the vocals beautifully reminding us just what pop/rock is.
Austen: Falling on 3.01 it opens up with those emotional vocals from Patty the bass helps to complement this perfectly another stand out of me I felt this track really shines in taking you on this emotional rollercoaster the band has lead you on the entire way through the album. Beautifully written lyrics help complement the entire track.
Until I return is everything a good pop/rock song should be fun catchy tunes easy along lyrics filled with raw emotion keeping that sound we love from this UK group we have grown to love.
The Coast Is Where Home Is, opening with a harmonizing vocal display puts the image in mind that you are alone in a car driving along with the ocean in the background as you drive along to your home where you belong.
As we now come to the final track on this album it has been a rollercoaster ride filled with so many emotions and stories that the band has shared. It is an incredible journey to be on.
Still Remembering Ending with a much softer track that is sure to tug at those emotions leaving a lasting imprint of just who As It Is really are Still Remembering is a track that lets you feel every emotion with each word that is sang and one leaves you wanting more.