Rudimental – Toast To Our Differences

“Suddenly the sun comes up / And I feel my love floodin ‘back again, yeah / Until the sun comes up / And I feel like comin ‘up again. “They always work in the background and are responsible for the big hits. The British music collective Rudimental unites since the year 2010 to record the charts with good electronic numbers. After two outstanding albums “Home” and “We the Generation” Rudimental present their third album “Toast To Our Differences” after three years, celebrate the diversity of this world and still leave many questions unanswered.

The track list reads like a utopian guest list: Jess Glynne, Macklemore, Anne Marie, Tom Walker, James Arthur, Rita Ora and whatever else they are called. Rudimental have chosen the crème de la crème to singers for their third studio album and definitely do not provide for scarcity with 16 songs. But that exactly this is a problem for “Toast To Our Differences” quickly becomes clear. At first, the album is way too long. Normally you are happy to enjoy a few more songs, but the album mixes so many genres that it threatens to kill you. What’s missing is the thread that runs through the album, giving it a clear line and justifying the title “album”. “Toast To Our Differences” looks more like a compilation – not like a record as a complete work.

Rudimental make use of a broad spectrum of dance and electro sounds, as they did on previous albums. The songs are pure up-beat numbers and consistently fit for action. None of the songs sounds bad or can not be heard, but only the few are able to stand out. Tom Walker succeeds in the song “Walk Alone” with his incredibly impressive voice, James Arthur is also able to shine on “Sun Comes Up”. But this is where the next problem lies: Tom Walker, Anne Marie, James Arthur and the other features that in most cases bring life to the music. The single “These Days” with Macklemore would not be the same without Jess Glynne or Dan Caplen. Precisely because of this, one wonders who is rudimentary, what they stand for and what makes them. Their sound works against the voices, which breathe the songs here the character, exchangeable, which is a great pity!

Similar to Clean Bandit also missing Rudimental’s own style and that certain something. “Toast To Our Differences” sounds good, but nothing more. Maybe one should do without the big stars in the future and move more in the direction of own creation. However, Rudimental should not be accused of pushing artists. They have already proved this through a number of features with Anne Marie and Jess Glynne, who are currently in great demand in England. “Toast To Our Differences” puts you in a good mood and suits every beach party and probably every radio program. Whether people know after listening but who is behind the songs, may remain questionable.

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