Review: Eleutherophobia – Ready Never.

ready neverEleutherophobia is the fear of freedom. By giving their debut album such a profound title, Ready Never sets the listener’s expectations high for this release. The real question is whether this Los Angeles based Electro Pop group delivers on the magnitude of the title.

Take that Pill, with its catchy club beats, driving bass, and whistling is a clever commentary on humanity’s growing dependency on pills for every mood or occasion. “I take one as I’m getting tired, and one when I get too wired,” succinctly sums up today’s philosophy of better living through chemistry. The lyrics also emphasize that pill popping is mainstream, and not relegated to club culture.

Tell Me is an outwardly happy, pop-influenced club song wrapped around the lyrical desperation of someone in a communication-starved relationship. Unfortunately, the repetitive nature of the song and the highly synthesized vocals undermine what could have been a poignant message. At times the synthesized vocals even obscure the lyrics.

The title song, Eleutherophobia, is a mid-tempo instrumental with a few musically dramatic moments. It starts off with a slow build, intense bass, and some very creative instrumental work. After the two-minute mark, it degrades into a formulaic club tune, and repeats the less interesting instrumental elements from the song’s first half. This is something a DJ or venue would put on as filler music in-between sets, or generic piece of club music you might hear in the background at a club or rave scene on prime-time television.

Me Myself and I (Feat. DJ Mendez) hits the ground running with all the hallmarks of 80s or 90s club tracks. However, its lyrical simplicity and the vocal doubling ultimately make it sound like the B-side remix of a 90s boy band song. The rap in Spanish contributed by DJ Mendez makes the track a lot more interesting, but does not redeem the rest of the song.

Thematically speaking, Eleutherophobia falls way short of addressing the fear of freedom aside from the relationship issues touched on in Tell Me and Be My Lover Again. This album has moments of genuine creativity and real potential, but overall it disappoints.

The music undercuts the lyrics on more than one song, and virtually every track is painfully repetitious. While repetition is the hallmark of club music, it can entertain and inspire when done creatively. Unfortunately Ready Never accomplishes neither with this release.

[1/5]

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