“Full Circle” is a clear fan-favorite from their new album. The song starts with a general grove sequence that is present in the instrumental section, which the band develops throughout the song. Lyrically, the band gives their audience one of those songs that they’d want to be screaming back back at them during a live show. Mid-song, Movements provides a spoken word dialogue that was a major trade mark in their previous EP “Outgrown Things”.
“Third degree” is one of the songs on their album that one could learn quickly and sing along to, like that. Within this song, Movements toys with the direct affiliation of “third degree” to the notion of burns on one’s skin. The meaning of this song will likely resonate with their audience, for most people relate to being “burned” by someone that was once close to them. The instrumental portion of this song is standard to the rest of their work.
“Colorblind” is one of their more popular selections, for this was one of the singles they released before the album itself. When listening to this selection, the sound that Movements is projecting is one that an average pop-punk band would. The lyrics are poetic filled with emotion just as Movements always provides, but musically speaking “Colorblind” falls more into an average category.
“Daylily” starts out with an isolated guitar passage that shifts the mood of the album, for it provides a calmer musical sensation. This song, even with its calm demeanor, is structured perfectly. The band balances the softer sections with sections where the lyrics are isolated and vocally vulnerable. Similar to “Third Degree”, this song is very memorable, and it can be foreseen that this will be one that groups will sway and sing altogether.
The conclusion of “Daylily” transitions immediately to their next selection “Deadly Dull”. In this song, the band grows emotionally which is heard through the different inflections of “this is a story of a man…” The instrumental music that drives the lyrics of this song also builds as the intensity of the vocals enhances. Within this song, we hear the raw nature of the singer’s voice which was another strong characteristic from their previous EP.
“Fever Dream” is one of the more emotional selections on the album. The song is primarily acoustic, but as the song progresses the band adds and drops instruments to enhance the lyrics that are being sung. This song is best heard when one listens to it for the first time in isolation. This allows the listener to “feel something” as they make a reference to their album title. Although this isn’t the normal structure for a Movements selection, it is easily one of the best songs that they have ever written instrumentally and vocally.
“Suffer Through” is a smart song to place after “Fever Dream”, for it possesses the normative traits of a fantastic Movements song. This song presents a general grove that they stick with throughout the entire song that drives the momentum of the song as well as the lyrics. Which is ironic, for the lyrics talk about “moving mountains”, and the fact that they are keeping the song continuously driving forward shows that they won’t “suffer through” such an act.
“Deep Red” starts off with a bass guitar feature which returns throughout the song for transitional moments. This type of song style is different for Movements, for most their music generally sticks to one theme that remains constant throughout the whole song. However, by providing this song with its small bass guitar interludes shows some of the growth that Movements has made as a band, for it shows that they are branching away from their general mold.
“Under the Gun” starts out with a small instrumental section that sounds edgier than the rest of the music presented on the album, which is followed by a set of lyrics that are being yelled rather than sang. Thus, this song brings more color to their album, for it shows an edgier side of Movements. Movements as a band is hard to mold, which is one of the traits that makes them a breakout act; moreover, this song helps to further the confusion of what “genre” they are.
“Submerge” starts out with another calming guitar interlude followed by smooth lyrical, vocal section. This song, generally, keeps the same minimal instrumental portion to keep with the calmer feel; however, as the song goes on, the lyrics grow more and more sentimental, and the softer instrumental music allows for the lyrics to shine.This is significant, for their lyrics are what helps Movements to stand out in this scene.
“The Grey” is one of the best songs on the entire album, and it was the best choice to be the final track on the CD. This song embodies everything that any Movements fan would think of when they ask for a Movements song. This song has heart hitting lyrics, moments of solace, moments of intensity (both vocally and instrumentally), and it ends with a spoken word section. Though this a type of song that fans would expect, it surpasses any expectations that one would’ve had for Movements on their first full-length album.
Final Thoughts: Overall, I would give Movements’ album “Feel Something” 5 out of 5 stars. This album shows the growth the band has made since they put out their EP “Outgrown Things”. Not only have they evolved; additionally, the band has seems to have fully discovered their sound and their voice. “Feel Something” tugs on every emotion that one could imagine, so grab a box of tissues, a loud speaker, and get ready for a groundbreaking album.
* “Feel Something” was released on October 20, 2017 through Fearless Records.