(Re​)​Actions by Willy Hooker Review


Mesmerizing repetition of the opening of “Night Shift” sets the atmosphere for the album to come

“Stay Home” sounds like a military commander barking orders about human decency due to its strong forward rhythmic drive and lyrical content

Swirls of Earth’s elements blossom through auditory gatherings on “(Interruptions)”; beautiful guitar is layered over a chaotic underbelly for a mostly calming effect

“The Plunge” kicks off with rhythmic evenness before making way for an expressive guitar part (the strict rhythmic oneness of the introduction pulls attention to the emotion of the rolling guitar part in its hammer-on/pull-off style by contrasting constancy and fluidity)

“On the Porch” is probably the most novel song on the album due to the many ways in which it strays away from Will’s previous work in both approach and execution – a pleasant surprise

The anxieties of isolation are brought to the forefront on “Face to Faceless” – a terrifying yet enchanting song that flows circulates between feelings of drowning and flying

Each component of “(Syncopations)” simultaneously exists separately from and co-exists with each other component – listen to this song over and over and focus on individual tracks, and how two (or three, or four) tracks endlessly intertwine and untwine… interesting and fun to do

“The Pessimist / The Optimist” is the most transcendent song on the album: a meditation on the good and bad in life, sculpted into instrumental and lyrical content that is a powerful reflection of emotion, establishing the importance of art as a form of communication (the communication of ideas, emotions, etc.) – we are one, the culmination of all things good and bad – no more taking things for granted – heavenly vocals at the end underline the divinity of our lives

“(Atomization) / Ode to Maggot Brain” is a continuous compression & de-compression of the songs that came before it, traversing the many states and emotions examined in previous songs and offering responses to questions unanswered – a pure expression of feeling

“Avril 14th / Blame Game” – the closings credits to a wonderful album and a fantastic cover in its own right

‘(Re)Actions’ is Will’s best album yet in many ways – the instrumentation, vocals, lyrics, concepts, and production are as good as ever.

9/10 – Amazing

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