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Album Review: Poe The Passenger - 'Alinea'

Alternative rock trio Poe The Passenger details their first colorful and wide-ranging debut album Alinea.



Alt-rock trio Poe the Passenger have always prided themselves on being an underrated force that brings people together with lyrical veracity and continuity within their music. With influences that range from luminaries such as the Foo Fighters, The Killers, and Panic! At The Disco, to rock edge of rock darlings in the industry such as The Killers, Muse, and Palaye Royale, Poe the Passenger has found a way to mold these influences into their new release, Alinea.

"A lyrical and soundscape bliss point to Alinea, "Where You Go" takes a slower and bitter sound approach with a denuded piano intro that ascends into beautiful, more aggressive, chunkier electro/synth-rock vibes."

Starting with the first brilliantly crafted atmospheric track, "Spirit," with a combination of gorgeous dissonant vocals and mid-2000s powerhouse rock, painted with yesteryear nostalgia, Alinea kicks things into high gear for what's to come on the rest of the album.

"Happy When" and "Lose Control" are catchy and full of instrumental vitality. Intertwining slick guitars and infectious rhythms, these two tracks power drive into the main highlight on the record "Where You Go."

A lyrical and soundscape bliss point to Alinea, "Where You Go" takes a slower and bitter sound approach with a denuded piano intro that ascends into beautiful, more aggressive, chunkier bass lines and electro/synth-rock vibes.


Another arena rock gem, "Strangers," steals the show on Alinea. Massive in its celestial and instrumental sound, this moment shows the best of what Poe the Passenger has to offer all in one track. Titanic, without taking away the intensity, Poe the Passenger creates one of the best moments on the album.


"Creatures of Habit" continues the energy with its inventive guitar rhythms that take us into the commanding finale, "Bleach." With a percussive cadence that is tight and experienced, coupled with canorous hooks and ethereal charm, "Bleach" serves to be an impressive conclusion to a fantastic album.

Alinea effectively draws from all their influences but does so in a way that is original, encompassing a diverse and wide-range listening experience that puts them in a league above the rest in the genre. While just their first album, it shows promise of a great future for the alternative rock powerhouses.



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