It was only back in January, when I reviewed Wav-Legion, an album from Wav-Dr and Bonnie Legion. The prolific musical duo is already back with new full length album, imaginatively titled, Wav-Legion II. When I say full length, I do mean full length, as this record includes 16 action packed tracks. Several songs on here also feature the talents of other artists like Miss eFeMBy, Robert P.Kreitz II and Metropolis Music.
The songs on Wav-Legion II blend a wide variety of genres, including pop, hip hop, electronic, rock’n’roll, singer-Songwriter, and soul. Despite the fact that some of these stylistic ingredients may not inherently go well together, the artists manage to make this concoction work. A big part of that alchemic success is in their technical ability and talent as musicians in general (which is apparent if you watch any of live their video performances.) These are trained professionals on a closed road. Don’t try this at home. The music varies widely from one track to the next. For example, Escape the Mundane is a retrofuturistic electronic track, which sounds like something they would play at the Love Shop in the film, Logan’s Run. Just a few songs later, Money Crime comes across as a soulful cross between synthwave and Fleetwood Mac.
My favorite track on the album is probably Fear of Flying, which is a pretty straightforward electronic rock song, catchy and memorable. Note that they also do a live acoustic version of this song (video is below,) which has more of an Americana vibe. A lot of artists who claim to be multi-instrumentalists or chameleons are full of crap, but Wav-Dr and Bonnie Legion are the real deal. They shapeshift in and out of different genres effortlessly and in a way that makes them credibly appear as experts in each one. Bonnie Legion’s singing is incredible. She probably could have even made it past the obnoxious judges on American Idol. It must be a joy to record with her as I bet she’s a one take wonder.
Anyway, this is obviously a very impressive album, a case of quantity and quality. There’s a lot of richness to the songs. None of the tracks feel like “padding” or throwaways. The “tone” of this album has a subtle, emotional darkness to it, creating just a hint of edge. Wav-Legion II closes with Stop Thinking (featuring Robert P. Kreitz,) a rather poignantly haunting song which (despite the title) will leave this album lingering in your thoughts well after you’re done listening.
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