Album: Let It Go

Artist: Tyler Heath

Skip To: It Will Not Always Be Raining

Before Elsa made us want to bang our heads against a wall after the billionth listen motivated us to express our true selves, Tyler Heath wrote and independently recorded his lovely album, Let It Go, back in 2010. This terrific alternative rock album begins with “Hours,” an eccentric, layered song that kicks off the album with energy and striking electric guitar. “Sooner” pulls back the energy quite a bit and perpetuates an eerier feel that mimics the lyrics. A repetitive guitar strum pattern gives a sense of inevitability and dread throughout the song.

The energy picks back up in “The Beast,” a song that begins with an upbeat guitar riff, builds, but then backs off suddenly to ominously crescendo towards the end.  The song centers around a theme of each of us being our own worst enemy, and Heath creates a lot of intricate vocal call-and-response throughout the song to add to the eerie feel. At “Young,” the album takes a more uplifting turn as the speaker reminisces about childhood. It is a song that is just so saturated with happiness, I can’t help but smile when I hear it. The subsequent track, “Memory,” takes a more melancholy look at the past, focusing on points of loss. The song begins minor with repeating riffs that darken the song, but it gradually works up to major in the choruses and bridge, ultimately concluding in hope of letting go of the past. “Cost of Living” takes on a much more acoustic feel throughout much of the song. However, it doesn’t sacrifice a full sound, as more instruments queue in gradually throughout the song, coming to a a peak in the end during the hopeful repeating bridge. Immediately following is “You Did This To Yourself,” perhaps the most cynical song on the album as the speaker calls out someone’s foolish decisions. Hard guitar and drum make it a very fun song despite its message.

“Fire Fight” returns the eerier tone of “Memory.” Halfway through, the song quiets, and builds back towards the conclusion with intriguing vocal and instrumental interaction, neither dominating, just creating a simultaneously cacophonous and orderly sound until it finally tapers out gradually. The uplifting nature of this album, however, comes back in “Coming Home.” The major key and distinct percussion throughout give the song such a joyful feel, working towards the finale, “It Will Not Always Be Raining.” Appropriately the concluding track, the song ties together the themes of letting the past go and having hope for the future. Heath repeats a simple, folk-song-type musical theme throughout, messing with it, setting it to different instruments, giving it different qualities. The guitar part in this song is simply superb.  After the concluding joyous bridge, most instruments drop out to make room for a lovely flute solo. Overall, this album has such a beautiful, positive message and superb instrumentation.