WE REVIEW THE NEW ALBUM BORROWED FROM TOMORROW BY WAITING FOREVER
Manchester based band Waiting Forever’s new album “Borrowed from Tomorrow” takes the listener on an indie-folk infused journey through life’s highs and lows providing a comforting and optimistic hand every step of the way.
Beginning with the opening track “Let It Go” which encapsulates perfectly the entire energy of the track list combined there is an instantly recognisable folkish sound with slow, steady acoustic instrumentals. Lyrically the track sends a message about easing into the journey of life and letting go of worries which is emphasised by its rambling instrumental energy and pacing drum beats. As the track progresses the rhythm picks up more and more leading to a climactic ending taking the listener on a walk through the music and keeping it captivating. The optimistic and calming tone to this track is wonderfully encouraging and sets up the atmosphere for the rest of the album perfectly.
This same soothing and peaceful element that is portrayed excellently throughout “Borrowed from Tomorrow” is clearly maintained on many other tracks throughout the album such as on “I’ll Be There”, a song that feels like being wrapped in a warm hug with its reassuring lyrics and soft, acoustic instrumentation. Other songs such as “Out for a Walk” continue the same steady, driving pace that feels as though it’s motivating the listener to keep on going throughout life with twists and turns in the melody to keep it interesting and engaging. Even on more negative songs such as “Saturday” which tells a tale of frustration and impatience conveyed through grating, gut wrenching vocals and the adding of harsh electric guitar sound still maintains a warmth and positivity with the repeated line “I’ll be alright it’s Saturday” and relaxed acoustic melodies.
As well as bringing a mellow energy to the table, there are some great grooves scattered across this album that have a vintage/retro feel to them to take the listener back in time. Particularly the track “Clown” uses chord progression that’s reminiscent of old Motown music with an infectious, upbeat style to it. The guitar rhythm on this song is great and the instruments merge together seamlessly with powerful and soulful vocals to accompany them. Other tracks such as “It’s You” display a keen ability to write a catchy hook meaning that as well as being tranquil this selection of songs have crowd pleasing potential as well as adding a variety of sound to the album keeping it from being repetitive.
Finishing with the closing track, which could not have been a better pick to end the album, “Learning to Fly” the ending chapter of this musical journey is one that is uplifting and confident. With skilled production allowing the instrumental sound of this song to match the lyrical concept of learning to fly and be free from fear potent vocals soar over a combination of acoustic and electric guitar making sure the album ends on a powerful note.
My main criticism of this album is that some tracks on it do feel incomplete or as if they’re simply space fillers, such as “The Waiting Game” and “Here With Me” which for me just fall into the background and pale in comparison to most songs off the album due to their repetitive nature and simplistic structure. However, overall this album is a thoroughly enjoyable listen with some excellent guitar work, engaging song structure and tender sound and quality to it which warms the heart.