Album of the month
Rubylux - Fake Control
Released: 06 June 2010
“Fake Control is an outstanding debut album from a band with a very bright future!”
Fake Control took 6 months to record and was produced by emmy award winning producer James Sanger (Siobhan Donaghey, Keane). The album is predominantly pop driven rock, laden with electric synth, catchy guitar riffs and strong vocals - Rubylux's sound will certainly appeal to a wide audience.
The album had me hooked right from the first play, it almost had a feel of familiarity about it, and I like that from a record. It gives you the feeling that these four likeable lads have genuinely had fun writing and then recording this album, and that feeling is communicated in abundance to the listener.
There are a number of standout tracks on the album with the pick of them being ‘The Boy Could Fly’, ‘What You Need’ and ‘Don’t Forget’, but in all honesty there really isn’t a poor song to be found amongst them, and that is the sign of a strong record, and a huge credit to Rubylux as this is their debut.
Fake Control is an album as tight and perfected as you will ever hear from a debut. It starts on a high with the bands first single ‘The Boy Could Fly’, which is an uplifting hit giving the album an instant injection of ‘feel-good’.
My personal favourite is ‘What You Need’, which has an almost epic feel to it which you cant help but sing along to, and as I learned at a later date (whilst watching them perform live) is the favourite of many other fans and is certainly their signature track to date.
Another stand-out track is ‘Don’t Forget’, which gently guides you into its smooth, orchestral and 'spacey' arrangement. It's a moving and heartfelt song built over a hook-laden chorus and subtle synth backdrop (listen out for the superb final 90 seconds of this track). It is certainly a memorable track, and being the finale of the album it leaves you with a smile on your face, and most importantly how all great albums should make you feel….wanting more! (We’ve been told that album number two will be with us later this year, so we can’t wait for that!)
Every track, with little exception is well written, original in its approach and is ultimately very likeable.
If you want to start this New Year with an album overflowing with anthems, which will tantalise you and leave you craving more…… then this is the album for you.
A Live DVD, a second album and a national and international tour all suggests that Rubylux really could be the band to watch (and listen) for in 2012.