11 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Rector’s fourth studio album, Something Like This, opens on “Let the Good Times Roll”: an uplifting and timeless tune with a gospel choir–infused chorus that sort of sounds like Motown signed Gavin DeGraw. Rector sings in a more whispered voice on “Song for the Suburbs,” an inspired anthemic standout with droning church organ, marching rhythms, and backing vocals. It’s difficult to imagine Rector singing these songs without a perpetual smile on his face, especially when the soulful “Never Gonna Let You Go” starts grooving on an old Fender Rhodes electric piano and buoyant bass lines. “Without You” takes a break from the retro accompaniment with pulsing sequenced drum beats and a dramatically romantic melody that suggests Rector may have more than one Coldplay album in his collection.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Rector’s fourth studio album, Something Like This, opens on “Let the Good Times Roll”: an uplifting and timeless tune with a gospel choir–infused chorus that sort of sounds like Motown signed Gavin DeGraw. Rector sings in a more whispered voice on “Song for the Suburbs,” an inspired anthemic standout with droning church organ, marching rhythms, and backing vocals. It’s difficult to imagine Rector singing these songs without a perpetual smile on his face, especially when the soulful “Never Gonna Let You Go” starts grooving on an old Fender Rhodes electric piano and buoyant bass lines. “Without You” takes a break from the retro accompaniment with pulsing sequenced drum beats and a dramatically romantic melody that suggests Rector may have more than one Coldplay album in his collection.

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