This Avicii article was written by Janine Short, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Natalie Whitehouse
‘Stories’ is the second studio album from Swedish EDM DJ Avicii. Avicii raised the bar high with his debut ‘True’ in 2013, featuring hit singles such as ‘Wake Me Up’ and ‘Hey Brother’, so it was interesting to hear what the follow up would have in store.
Avicii told Rolling Stone last year that he had worked on around 70 songs for ‘Stories’ and that it was “going to be a lot more song-oriented.” Fifteen tracks made the final cut, with three tracks being released as singles prior to the album’s release.
The album fittingly opens with the single ‘Waiting For Love’ co-produced by fellow DJ Martin Garrix. Throughout, the album sticks safely to Avicii’s trademark EDM/country sound with tracks such as ‘Ten More Days’ and ‘Broken Arrows’. However the tenth track, ’Sunset Jesus,’ seems to break the Avicii shaped mould, or at least broaden it, in comparison to the rest of the album.
Going on from there, collaboration ‘Can’t Catch Me’ featuring Wyclef Jean and Matisyahu is a chilled out track with almost a reggae sound to it, however it still has that classic, catchy Avicii feel to it.
‘Gonna Love Ya’ is a surprisingly beautiful love song, with lyrics about looking after somebody who has previously been broken, set to an instrumental featuring increasingly popular panpipes and a heavy bassline.
Avicii stays true to his formula to create an album of great songs you instantly know are produced by him. It’s quite refreshing to see an artist stay so true to their roots actually, and as the saying goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
‘Stories’ is out now via Universal Music.