Album review: 'A R I Z O N A' by A R I Z O N A



The self-titled album by A R I Z O N A, their first in four years, marks a significant return for the band. Known for their effervescent melodies and introspective lyrics, this album showcases a blend of personal storytelling with an upbeat pop sound. The band's experiences, particularly the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, play a significant role in the album's narrative, intertwining personal growth with a collective sense of perseverance and hope.

Tracks like "Graveyard" and "Dark Skies" are emblematic of the band's style, combining danceable rhythms with lyrics that speak to both personal and universal experiences. These songs, along with others like "Moving On," "Wanderer," and "Meet You There," serve as motivational anthems, offering encouragement and a sense of solidarity to listeners. The album's composition reflects the band's journey through the pandemic and their ability to bounce back creatively.

The album has a quasi-spiritual aspect, less about worship and more about soul-searching, asking who you are and what you believe in. This is particularly evident in songs like "Pray To God," where the lyrics convey the power and freedom of self-discovery and the challenges of communicating personal changes to those around you.

The band members, Zachary Charles, Nathan Esquite, and David Labuguen, have a diverse background, which they believe helps them connect with a wide range of fans. This diversity is also reflected in their music, which crosses various genres and styles, making the album a vibrant and eclectic mix.

Overall, the album is a testament to A R I Z O N A's resilience and creativity, offering a collection of tracks that are both introspective and invigorating, a perfect blend for live performances and personal listening alike. It's an album that not only marks a comeback for the band but also resonates with the collective experiences of its listeners during challenging times.


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