SomeKindaWonderful literally came out of nowhere with their ‘sorry-not-sorry’ smash hit “Reverse”. Their debut single now sits at the top of the charts and it’s always hard to not be skeptical about whether or not they will be a one-hit-wonder. I literally had no idea what to even expect from their self-titled album because their one song was already an eargasm of genre-bending elements and undeniably soulful vocals. However, they proved that they definitely didn’t put out their best song on the first try and that they are hellbent on changing the face of music.
SomeKindaWonderful is a musical plethora of different genres that you wouldn’t think would work together, but surprisingly – it does. It’s apparent that lead singer Jordy Towers has some R&B/Soul influences weaved into his vocal style and it’s definitely showcased in tracks like electro-pop meets funky gospel “Police” and the gloomy, emotional “In Chains”. The record’s starting track “Cornbread” is an instant classic with funk rock meets Jack White stylization with “Shine On Me” (a track towards the end of the album) pairs classic rock instrumentation with pop-gospel. “Hard For Days” has untapped potential to be a great club hit, while “Devilish Man” is very obviously, a western-influenced The Good, The Band & The Ugly kind of storytelling track. The album ends with the feel-good indie pop (sit out by the beach with a pina colada in your hand) track, “Burn.”
Apart from “Reverse,” two tracks really stood out in terms of how different they were from the rest. “Honeymoon” is extremely similar to Arctic Monkeys‘ “Snap Out Of It,” in that it successfully delves into the theme of realizing that the honeymoon phase is over in the relationship and how you “…ain’t got time for a broken heart.” Not a whole lot of artists have a playful, infectious rendition to this subject matter, so props to them for making us want to sing and dance to a song about someone being straight up done with their relationship.
The hands down ultimate spotlight song of the album has to be the dark, The Neighbourhood-esque “Laugh Out Loud”. It paints the picture of a ghostly, apocalyptic wasteland with chilling background vocals, military chanting, and ear-catching guitar solos weaved throughout the song. The instruments stay pretty subdued while Towers sings until the chorus, where the drums and keyboard steamroll in to add to the emotion of the lyrics while he pushes his raspy, soulful voice to new heights. This haunting and almost sinister sounding track would be a perfect backdrop to a biopic focusing on The Joker from Batman (if he was a real person of course).
SomeKindaWonderful’s debut endeavor literally leaves you speechless with how diverse it is in terms of genre splicing. Any artist that can incorporate rock, electro-pop, gospel, funk, R&B, and even western with ease has a successful career ahead of them. The entirety of the album discusses many phases of a relationship from lust (“Amaretto”, “Caveman” and “Hard For Days”) to love (“Shine On Me” and “Burn”) to saying ‘fuck love because it sucks’ (“Honeymoon”, “Devilish Man” and “Reverse”). SomeKindaWonderful is very much some kind of wonderful – that’s for sure.