Music Belongs in the Background
Music Belongs in the Background," ALSO's sophomore full-length release, took nearly three-years in the making and was quite a labor of love. With the help of gifted producer Warren Riker (3 Grammy awards, the Fugees, Lauryn Hill, & Santana) the album boasts huge soundscapes. Dark and ethereal at times and wall-of-sound rock and roll at others. The album exhibits fine musicianship and artful technicality. The team-style songwriting of the band is evident and the music ranges a broad array of influences. Conrad's lyrics are not for the feint-hearted. He takes on commanding subject matter and sings powerfully. The rhythm section of Stephenson and Zelen is tight and driving. The album is broad stylistically and emotionally, but maintains a consistent feel throughout that is very much ALSO's own sound. "Music Belongs in the Background" is a fine work of art by a group of three talented and tenacious people. You won't listen just once.