“Stars” is like a revival of The Beatles and “Give it Time” is a brighter shade of Enya. “Recall” feels like a fresh batch of music, kicked up somewhere between the harmonies of Beach Boys and the distorted guitar of The Kinks. It’s a lot like what I grew up listening to, almost too familiar, and it triggers memories.
The songs hail teenage love, stringing polaroid captured memories along a clothes line. Especially in “Give it Time,” which explores the tale of waiting around in a toxic situation. It’s breezy at first glance, in a new wave kind of way. The song aims to stop outside voices from reaching the situation at hand. It gently pushes outsiders away by repeating the line “It’ll be fine, give it time.”
“Give it Time”, The Money War, Track #1
“And they say I’m going nowhere
It’ll be fine, give it time
It’ll be fine, give it time..”
The album is a series of new beginnings. My absolute favorite on the album is “In the Dark”. It could have been used to back the final scene in Sixteen Candles, as Sam is reunited with her love. It’s the priceless moment in a young boy or girl’s life when he/she’s felt those emotions for the first time. It feels as if his/her whole life has been leading up to that moment when the pieces of two hearts finally fall into place at the right time, like the reunion of two lost souls.
The Money War is setting themselves up for a journey through music. During “Real Life,” they pack their bags. They are off to conquer the hearts of listeners, one performance at a time. The message in a bottle being sent out to sea, or an ocean of songs, serves as a reminder that real life can be a dream, and float away.
“Right Kind of Love,” a song that followed the release of the album, is the right kind of song. Although it does not appear on the album, I can not ignore how it represents everything the album is. The whole album pursues this love, seeking a heart of gold, and it is found in “Right Kind of Love”. This is what the album is missing, a safe/warm destination. Its eerie instrumental opening reminds me of the 80’s movie, The Goonies. It took me back precisely to the last scene when the kids re-enter the world from underground, and everything looks different. The beach is no longer just a beach, friends have become family, and all together they have built a home. That is the way The Money War’s songs change the way people see the world. Love is the all-encompassing theme of the album and this song encapsulates that best.
“Right Kind of Love”, The Money War, Single
“In your arms where I belong
In your arms where I feel warm
And the world is nowhere”
The Money War is composing curative, righteous music, when carefully listened to. The album is full of real emotions and is a lot to take in at first glance. It is best when broken down, listened to one song at a time. It’s not a pill I can swallow in one setting, and I don’t recommend others to do so either. On my playlists, the songs are broken apart, cut and pasted all around other songs. It’s a heavy album that makes me (on Valentine’s Day especially) feel extra single. It’s heavy in its breath and it leaves a foggy print on the windows of my car.
by Bri Born
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