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Album Review: Kodaline “Coming Up for Air”

I was kindly given the privilege to listen to and review Kodaline’s second album, Coming Up for Air, before the US release date of April 14, 2015, and I absolutely loved it. The quartet from Dublin, Ireland, made up of Steve Garrigan(Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Harmonica, Keys), Mark Prendergast(Lead Guitar, Keys, BVs), Vinny May(Drums/BVs), and Jason Boland (Bass/BVs), have created, yet another, masterpiece with rhythms and vocals that beautifully complement each other.  photo

The album starts off with the single Honest, which envelopes you in its breath-taking vocals and upbeat melody. The next song, The One, tells a beautiful lyrical story true to its name. So far, the songs  compliment each other in a way that works almost meticulously. The fifth track, Unclear, is my personal favorite because of its calming rhythms and flowing notes that make you really appreciate this album. The album has several slower songs that are absolutely astounding and resemble a bit of Snow Patrol. Some of the tracks tell quite a sad story like, Moving On, but you will still end up loving them because of their meaningful piano and overall brilliance. Aside from that, the album also features a few upbeat songs that sound somewhat like U2 and make you want to cruise around with your windows down. Love Will Set You Free is another favorite due to its gospel sound and lovely use of instruments; like a trumpet. Overall, Kodaline didn’t fail to impress me for a second time – I was very pleased with Coming Up for Air, and I really look forward to hearing it live.

Kodaline will be headlining a massive North American tour, so make sure to pre-order Coming Up for Air and see if they’re coming to a city near you – they definitely won’t disappoint. To get more information on Kodaline check out their Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and Sound Cloud.

2015 Spring North American Tour:

Wednesday April 15th @ Saint Andrew’s Hall, Detroit, MI

Thursday April 16th and 17th @ the Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, Canada

Saturday April 18th @ Le Metropolis de Montreal, Montreal, Canada

Tuesday April 21st @ Theatre of the Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Wednesday April 22nd @ House of Blues Boston, Boston, MA

Thursday April 23rd @ 9:30, Washington D.C.

Saturday April 25th @ NY Terminal 5, New York, NY

Monday April 27th @ GA Terminal West, Atlanta, GA

Tuesday April 28th @ Cannery Ballroom, Nashville, TN

Thursday April 30th @ Grenada Theatre, Dallas, TX

Friday May 01st @ House of Blues Houston, Houston, TX

Saturday May 02nd @ Emo’s, Austin, TX

Tuesday May 05th @ the Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA

Wednesday May 06th @ the Fillmore, San Francisco, CA

Friday May 08th @ Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR

Saturday May 09th @ Neptune Theatre, Seattle, WA

Sunday May 10th @ the Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, Canada

Tuesday May 12th @ Flame Central, Calgary, Canada

Wednesday May 13th @ the Starlight Room, Edmonton, Canada

Friday May 15th @ the Garrick Centre, Winnipeg, Canada

Saturday May 16th @ Varsity Theater, Minneapolis, MN

Monday May 18th @ House of Blues Chicago, Chicago, IL

Tuesday May 19th @ Newport Music Hall, Columbus, OH