1st Renaissance: A Red Dragon Records compilation review

By on January 16, 2013

1st RenaissanceI’ve never understood those people that can throw away a compilation album. Sure you’re not going to enjoy every band, but I know I’ve certainly found some of my favorite artists on label mixes like this. Mind you, this may just be the weirdest blend of music put together for one of these things, but I for one enjoy the atypical route Red Dragon took.

They covered just about all of the genre bases. They’ve got country (“The Wreck of Me”), they’ve got rock (“Jagged”), pop (“Who Do You Love”) and they’ve got some upbeat “indie” stuff, whatever that means these days (“A Motorbike Called Life”). They’ve even provided the acoustic tidbits (“Ifs and Buts”). 

The opening “When The Sun Sets,” is a slower, atmospheric pop number that relaxes you before you’re bombarded by songs that are solely meant to hook you in. It’s a bit of a “Greatest Hits: Random Artists” edition, but it works in this case. My only complaint is that there are a few stretches in the track listing with too many slow to mid tempo songs in a row. Thankfully, it doesn’t take too much away from the mix. 

You can check it out here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/1st-renaissance/id580520000

Track listing:

1. The Mouth of Ghosts – “When The Sun Sets”

2. Paradigms – “They Said Tomorrow’s Gonna Be a Sunny Day”

3. Let’s Go Safari – “A Motorbike Called Life”

4. Danny Burns – “Cocaine Avenue Final”

5. Travis Cooper – “The Wreck of Me”

6. Daniel Anderson – “Rhyme For My Reason”

7. Robert John – “The Liar”

8. Wullae Wright – “UFO”

9. Mark AG – “”Let It Rain”

10. Step Echo – “Jagged”

11. Plastique – “Butterflies”

12. Anyones Guess – “Sin 2.0”

13. Everyday Goldfish – “Uncle Joe”

14. Destroy The Skyline – “For Contradiction”

15. Josh Kemp – “Standing On The Cliff Edge”

16. Julie Lamb – “Trippin The Light Fantastic”

17. VLAD – “Gamma”

18. Stuck – “Ifs and Buts”

19. Rainey James – “Dreamcatcher”

20. Setra – “Who Do You Love”

21. Transwagon – “Sugar Kain”

22. BreakGlass Emergency – “Lies”

Review by Alisha Kirby – HHM