Owen Rabbit: ONE Review

I haven’t listened to this EP for a while but I still think that it has some enjoyable songs.

Maybe that would change on a different listen.

This probably needed a bit more work before I submitted it to Cool Try, but I’m fairly certain that it was overdue and thus it ended up as below.

Well, aside from fixing up one word. Otherwise it is as it was.

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I don’t know who Owen Rabbit is and that doesn’t matter, so here’s the review for his recent E.P., ONE.

It’s probably fair to say that Owen Rabbit is a pop artist as pop is where the strengths of ONE lie. It’s predominantly electronica-based and in verse-chorus-verse format, with many choruses sounding big and uplifting and verses mostly sounding much more minor. At times the melodies are a bit more ominous (“Pyramid Power” seems to employ more muted versions of the synth sounds heard on the rest of ONE for most of its first half, working as a nice contrast to the rest of the songs), but otherwise it’s quite light.

However, if he stuck strictly to pop, I don’t think that the E.P. would have worked. There’s a lot of interesting sounds that punctuate different parts, such as the clicking in the background of the verses in “Oh my God” adding an extra level of percussion and the xylophone-like blips making “Antarctica” sound as though it is shimmering.

There’s also a strong sense of atmosphere. Whilst there does seem to be a bit of sadness spun throughout the songs, the overall vibe seems to be more hopeful and upbeat than what the vocals would suggest.

This is where the problems lie. The delivery is okay; it gets the job done, but it’s mired by what seems to be forced fragility which I find odd as when witnessed live, Owen Rabbit’s vocals were much stronger and confident than what is heard here. It’s possible that he’s developed since ONE was recorded, but even so it still lessens what the vocals provide as, even in hearing the songs it’s hard to deny that they seem to be forcibly held back. There’s nothing wrong with fragility and weakness in singing. It can elevate a lot of lyrics when it’s used appropriately. The problem here is that it makes the emotions come off as a bit inauthentic as Owen Rabbit is a better singer than what is heard here.

Depite the flaws, ONE is a fairly decent release.
There’s a lot that can be said for serious music and I have a feeling that Owen Rabbit is a serious artist, but here he has released something that is
There’s still a bit of work to go for Owen Rabbit, but ONE‘s not a bad place to start.

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I'm some guy that does stuff. Hoping to one day fill the internet with enough insane ramblings to impress a cannibal rat ship. I do more than I probably should. I have a page called MS Paint Masterpieces that you may be interested in checking out. I also co-run Culture Eater, an online zine for covering the arts among other things. We're on Patreon!
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