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Bob Vylan

Bob Vylan Presents The Price Of Life

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I often find myself pondering on the state of both the world and the music industry. The climate of each has led to situation whereby musicians are unwilling to take risk. One such risk is the inclusion of politics and contentious issues, something which has almost disappeared from the musical landscape.

Not wanting to alienate any of their fragile audience, musicians tend to play it very safe these days. That is certainly not a allegation that can be thrown at Bob Vylan. The duo have been making a name for themselves over the last couple of years, firstly with their debut album and then with high profile support slots with the likes of Biffy Clyro and The Offspring.

Now feels like a very important time for the band, both from their point of view as they push on with their career, but also for a world crying out for change. Change won’t drive itself, and whilst it should be politicians not musicians pushing for improvement, it certainly never hurt in the past having musicians pushing marginalised debates into mainstream consciousness!

Bob Vylan – ‘Pretty Songs’

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No punches are pulled on the duos sophomore record, ‘Bob Vylan Presents The Price Of Life’, which in many ways is a statement album. Lyrically pertinent and musically courageous this is the sound of a band taking their spot.

This genre-bending smorgasbord of creativity is a thematically thought provoking masterpiece from an act only just getting started. The likes of singles ‘Pretty Songs’ and ‘GDP’ gave a good indication of what to expect from the album, and the full work doesn’t disappoint.

The future looks bright for Bob Vylan, and whilst one band is unlikely to change the world, hopefully more will be impassioned enough to also wear their heart on their sleeve. Then who knows, maybe the disengaged could become engaged and positive change could happen. One thing for certain though is that this album is brilliant!

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