Music Review: Alpha Rev “New Morning”

One of my favorite things to review is music – partly because I’m a music junkie (my iPod or other music delivery device is never far from me) and partly because there’s no clear cut answer as to whether music is good or bad. Music is so subjective that there’s truly a lid for every pot — and if I love it, you might not.

I hope, however, from all the time you’ve spent hanging around these pages you have figured the kind of music that floats my boat — and you can see if my tastes and yours intersects at any juncture.

When I review music, I’m actually pretty methodical about it. I’m not “grading” based on technical gritty stuff — I’m not trained in all the whoosy-whatsit kind of stuff. Instead, I judge with my gut: Do I like this song? Then, I give each song one to five stars (iTunes makes this super easy), and I average it all out.

I’m such a nerd.

So, if you take a look at the above, you can see what I thought of ALPHA REV’S album “New Morning”. I’ve talked about their song, “New Morning” before. That was the first cut I heard from this group, and as you can see, the first on the album. I really love this song – melodically, it appeals to me.

Like the song “New Morning” there are several tracks that stand out for me – “Phoenix Burn” and “When Did I Wake Up”, for example. This album has definite highs and lows – and there are songs that don’t appeal to me as much.

If you’ll remember, this is a band that is being compared to Coldplay – who I don’t love – so… I expected some songs that didn’t appeal to me as much as the first two songs.

I’d give this album about a 3.5 on a scale of 5 (if I’m being persnickety, if I were to average out my stars, it’s about 3.36, but I’ll round up). While I don’t love the album in its entirety, there are several songs that are frequently played additions to my music library.

I did receive a free copy of this album for review, but the opinions and nerdiness are as always, solely my own.

About sarah

Sarah is a book nerd, a music lover, an endorphin junkie, a coffee addict. Oh, and a goof ball. She writes, she tweets, and she sings off key.


  1. Man, I could not believe when I followed the link from the BD Forum to your blog and saw that you were reviewing Alpha Rev. I love this band, and have been fortunate enough to see them live in concert twice in Houston (along with another band named Deep Ella).

    They are amazing, the vocals are spot on, and their live show? Every bit as good, if not better, than the recordings.

    Also, looking forward to the book discussion group!

    • I’ll definitely have to check out Deep Ella – never heard of them. I was really drawn into Alpha Rev – some of their songs didn’t appeal to me, but the ones that did really have stuck with me. Thanks for stopping by!!

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