Tell Us How You Really Feel (2011) is a great collection of songs and best listened to in order. On it’s own, each song provides the listener with an insightful view. Together, they have a more
in depth story to tell…
- What Went Wrong? – “what went wrong with me? oh, what to do with myself”
- Falling Apart – “no one wants to hear about when you’re secretly falling apart”
- Brittle – “feels like I was born brittle, old and decayed…feels like I was born brittle, just made to break…”
- Maybe It’s Time – “’cause I can’t just wait, and it won’t be fine…I could use a change, and maybe it’s time…”
While the lyrics lean on the sad side, the songs themselves convey a sense of reaching out to the listener…an effort to communicate. And that’s what turns, what could otherwise be an EP full of lonely and depressing songs, into an album of beautiful expression and understanding.
The music has a kind of magic adventure feeling to it. Like you can close your eyes and be in some fantasy world far far away… disappearing from the sometimes not-so-great realities of life. Paired with Daniel’s gentle and intriguing vocals, this makes for a beautiful combination. However, it’s the juxtaposition of these elements with the melancholy-with-a-side-of-hope lyrics that really make this album so special.
I find it hard to believe that there hasn’t been a time we haven’t all felt like we could relate to at least one, if not all, of these songs. I went through a challenging and sometimes difficult part of my life in 2011. In addition to my usually busy lifestyle, I had lost someone I love to cancer and taken on more professional/personal projects, including building this new website.
Listening to this album was comforting and inspiring at the same time. I’m glad I am finally able to do it more justice than spreading the word via tweets and FB posts.
And that, everyone…is how I really feel.