Wakeup Starlight is a rock/alternative/pop group that comes from Canada. The band started in the fall of 2010 with members Caleb Cummings and Chris noble. In 2011, the duo formed a music company called Resounding Records, and also released their first album, The Breakdown. In the fall of 2012, Dave Janssen joined the group to serve as a second vocalist and as a bass player. In 2013, Wakeup Starlight released its second album, The White Flags of Alderaan.
There are a total of five songs on The White Flags of Alderaan. All five songs find a way to focus on relationships between people, even though most of the song titles don’t seem to suggest that this is the case. When I listened to the first two songs, I could hear very obvious folk influences in the music. The remaining three tracks don’t have such blatant references to the band’s folk influences, but all five of these songs work together and flow together well as one cohesive unit.
My personal favorite song on The White Flags of Alderaan is “Loco Train (A Canadian Tragedy).” The song is immediately catchy; it has a chorus that is quick for a listener to learn, and that chorus can get stuck in the listener’s head rather easily. “The Earth Is Dying” also has a catchy sound to it, even if some of the topics mentioned in the song can be a little on the sad side; however, this dichotomy seems to work for this song.
The one thing that stuck out to me after hearing “The Lions” was the whistling that showed up in a couple of places in the song. “I Left a Picture of You Inside My Heart” has a promising start, but the music and lyrics become rather redundant right at the end of the song. “The Ghost of Myself Facing You” is the slowest song on the release, and it works well as an ending song. Unfortunately, the redundancy at the end of the previous song made this final song a little harder of a listen for me.
The White Flags of Alderaan showcases a band that’s proving that they have potential. I hope to hear more from Wakeup Starlight in the future in order to hear how their music progresses after The White Flags of Alderaan.
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