Review #116: Rudimental – We The Generation

Artist – Rudimental
Album – We The Generation (2015)

Check it out – https://open.spotify.com/album/5q9e0KBDIjiRBYWXxaWVAG

Rudimental are a drum & bass group from London, UK. The band consists of four static members, Piers Agget, Amir Amor, Kesi Dryden and DJ Locksmith, whilst they play host to a range of guest vocalists. 2013 began the rise in popularity for Rudimental, introducing their debut album ‘Home’ and gaining them numerous Brit awards, a MOBO award and a Mercury Prize nomination. As with most electronic groups Rudimental incorporate guest vocalists, mainly up and comers such as Foxes, Ella Eyre, MNEK and John Newman. After a successful debut Rudimental now have the tough task of releasing an equally successful follow up. This is ‘We The Generation’.

Rudimental seem to cater to the crowd that enjoy the “hits of the summer” type music, those tracks with the sing along choruses, memorable melodies and high tempo beats to dance too, however want to see a band perform these songs, rather than simply a DJ (as many of those songs are). We The Generation is a very fitting title, it comes from a very popular band with the new generation of music listeners, suites the new style of festivals and features numerous guest vocalists also popular with the new generation, for instance Ed Sheeran, MNEK and Lianne Le Havas. With ‘Home’ there seemed to be a longer build up to the release, with singles popping up every so often to create hype and familiarity with certain songs. With ‘We The Generation’ however the album seems to have not had that build up (maybe I just didn’t pay enough attention), meaning I wasn’t already familiar with certain songs (other than the previously released Ed Sheeran track Bloodstream). Despite this there do seem to be a few catchy tracks that after a few plays will become those catchy club/festival tracks, for instance ‘Lay It On Me’ and the title track.

In style, structure and instrumentation ‘We The Generation’ is almost identical to Rudimentals previous work, but this is fine, as this is what their audience want and the band are writing/producing these songs to a high quality.

7/10

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