For someone with a â€œfive albums in five yearsâ€ plan, Brendan McMahon and his Australian band, Satellite Gods, do not have filler songs in their 13-track album, â€œMarker 7-58.â€ Each song is unique and catchy on its own and shows off the lyrical talents of songwriter, McMahon. It also features some great guitar solos, along with some unexpected instruments for a rock album. This is what makes it worth the listen; even non-rock fans can enjoy McMahonâ€™s rocker vocals thanks to the albumâ€™s creative production.
The first track on the album is â€œFalling to Earth,â€ a song designed to lure you in with its catchy rock melody and great electric guitar. The song describes the feeling of falling from the sky, with lyrics like, â€œLet go/ open up your arms/ Eyes open / Iâ€™m falling a thousand miles an hour /Thereâ€™s nothing left I can do.â€
â€œSaturday Night in Rigaâ€ is a pop tune with great backup vocals, and is also the first song on the album that experiments with different sounds such as a continuous beat that is reminiscent of a street musician who uses a pot as a makeshift instrument.
â€œ1 Through 8â€ is an emotional track that adds acoustic guitar to the mix. It speaks of the unconditional love a parent has for a child, with lyrics like, â€œAnd I never asked for more/And never would I change/ Anything of you / Anything at all.â€ This is one of the more meaningful and personal songs on the album and arguably one of the best.
Since there are about a hundred songs titled â€œInvisible,â€ one can probably guess what the sixth track on â€œMarker 7-58â€ with the same name is about. Nonetheless, Satellite Godsâ€™ version of the song manages to be original. It was written after McMahon witnessed a transgender person become uncomfortable from peopleâ€™s stares. The song calls for equality, with lyrics like, â€œI want to feel like you do/ but most times I want to be invisible/ I donâ€™t want anyone to look at me/ unless itâ€™s equally.â€
â€œMy Friendâ€ is a beautiful track, with equally beautiful lyrics. The first minute of the song is only McMahonâ€™s vocals backed up by a chorus. This quasi-acapella song is about being a good friend. This is expressed with lyrics like, â€œIf youâ€™re broken/ your body or your soul/ I will carry you/ I will carry you home.â€ If you thought the song was perfect already, it gets better when it includes just the cello to accompany the lyrics.
â€œOnceâ€ proves that Ed Sheeran is not the only songwriter who can write a hit song that includes Celtic vibes, while â€œTurn Awayâ€ is enhanced with saxophone and â€œHold Your Groundâ€ has a gritty country/rock sound and includes expertly played guitar. â€œWalkâ€ is a piano ballad which is an incredible final track for the album.
Overall, â€œMarker 7-58â€ is a solid album with originals songs. McMahon and his band are not afraid to experiment with their sound and the risk was worth it. The array of instruments is what makes each song stand out, making â€œMarker 7-58â€ an album to listen to and â€œSatellite Godsâ€ a band to watch.
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