Cold Specks’ second album, Neuroplasticity is a mellow and restrained attempt to fulfil the ‘goth soul’ reputation that so widely precedes her. The record is filled with moody yet ineffectual songs; while pleasant to listen to, the majority of the tracks stir little emotion or affection within the listener.
Al Spx, aka Cold Specks, is obviously a talented musician with a warm and soulful vocal talent. Al’s musical ability is clear to hear throughout the record; unfortunately the record focuses more creating on mood and atmosphere, than it’s musicality. Although many of the songs on the record are filled with multitude of layers, the overall sound is hollow and empty. It is not that Cold Specks songs are without potential, more like they fail to reach the great heights that they are capable of reaching. Cold Specks possesses an abundance of raw talent, sadly, Neuroplasticity does not highlight this as well as it could.
Bodies at Bay, is the catchiest track on the album. Al Spnx sings about love and rejection – noting “cop between the devil and the deeds you see, but who am I to complain?”. The track is upbeat and the most captivating piece on offer. Absisto is another strong tune on Neuroplasticity, and has a gothic and enjoyable music video to accompany it.
Cold Specks have created a decent album with a consistent sound and a clear theme. Al Spx is interested in notions of doom and gothic and the album is filled with imagery about life, death, nature, and the outdoors. While I would love to provide a review positive enough to put me in the same category as #pizzaexpressreviewgirl, unfortunately I was not totally enamoured by Cold Specks‘ Neuroplasticity. The album will make for nice background music, but as a stand alone piece, is non too impressive.