It is very hard to categorize the music of Aaron Lee Tasjan. I even found his 2021 album Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan! in country music new release listed. However, you will likely not find too many reasons for that when listening to the album. I hereby take you on a review trip with the album, which will be released on 5th February 2021.
Aaron Lee Tasjan – About The Artist
Aaron Lee Tasjan is a singer-songwriter from New Albany, a Northeast suburb of Columbus, Ohio. He was originally born in Wilmington, Delaware on 24th August 1986 and then moved to Ohio after a short stay in California. He gained first reputation in his teenage years due to his guitar talent. Moving to New York in 2006, he has been part of the band Semi Precious Weapons, which had two US Heat Top 10 albums. He also produced solo music and after four EPs released between 2011 and 2015, he published his debut album In The Blazes in 2015. He so far released three albums. The latest one, Karma For Cheap, is dated as at 2018.
Aaron Lee Tasjan – Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan – Track by Track
The eleven track album lasts 38 minutes.
1. Sunday Women
Whatever happened to Sunday Women – these are the first words of Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan! A pop track in which the vocals sound a bit like the Bee Gees, the melody reminds me of the easy summer time and gives a very catchy experience. A song which stays in your mind long after you listened to it – and it is not the only one on this album. If you haven’t been into Aaron Lee Tasjan yet – he gives you a good first three minute argument to have some more listening to this album.
2. Computer of Love
When Aaron Lee Tasjan is singing the deeper notes, he almost sounds like one of my all-time favorites, Tom Petty, to me. The song is about the change in musical genres and characters like the changing role of rock music.
3. Up All Night
Broke up with my boyfriend to go out with my girlfriend
Cause love is like, love is like, love is like that
Love is like, love is like that
Up All Night sounds like a rock track – and even reminds me strongly of Tom Petty in the melodic part. Again, I love the way the short chorus is focused and emphasized. Aaron Lee Tasjan makes you feel familiar to his music, even though you might have heard his songs for the very first time. I really enjoy this.
4. Another Lonely Day
Another Lonely Day comes with acoustic guitar sounds. It creates and intimate, but also a somehow frightening atmosphere. The long non-lyrical vocal parts, which almost feel like a little choir are another signature element of this song. Four tracks so far – and any of them has been different.
5. Don’t Overthink It
It feels that each song on Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan! has one or two key elements, which drive the who track. For Don’t Overthink It, it is definitely the threatening and strong ryhthm as well as well as the keyboard sounds popping up here and here.
6. Cartoon Music
Cartoon music for plastic people
Nobody knows if they are real
Cartoon music for plastic people
We don’t know how they feel.
The song sounds almost whiny, but also frustrated. It again links to how music has changed and lost character. Aaron Lee Tasjan is great in using short, precise messages in his songs.
7. Feminine Walk
In the material I received with the album, the artist states this song to be very autobiographical. Regarding the lyrics, one of the central songs of the album to me, referencing to the link between rock’n’roll and sexuality. The song itself almost has a bluesy touch.
8. Dada Bois
The promo material calls out the Beach Boy-ian harmonies of Dada Bois – and indeed you don’t need a written hint here to have a touch of surfer’s feeling while listening to this one. One of the songs which made me smile most.
9. Now You Know
There are references to mental weakness, hypochondry and similar weakness on Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan! – and Now You Know almost feels like a 4:19 minute essay of that. A very intimate, honst tracks with an almost fragile sound.
10. Not That Bad
The acoustic guitar track Not That Bad almost feels like a relief, a message of success after dealing with all the mental issues in the song before. The situation is Not That Bad any more.
11. Got What I Wanted
Got What I Wanted is the shortest song on the album. The final 2:03 minutes, which have a lot of electric background sounds, almost feel like a spiritual departure. A lovely way to finish this eleven track musical trip.
Aaron Lee Tasjan – Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan – Spotify
Here is the album on Spotify:
Aaron Lee Tasjan – Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan – My View
Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan! exactly comes with the elements, which I love about an album. It is musically very well done, it is telling clear and honest stories and it is not boring at all. The more I listened to the eleven tracks, the more I got into their stories and loved to listen to them. Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan! is definitely an album which I will listen to here and then and enjoy it. Great!
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