The Russian Futurists produce an interesting blend of pop and hip-hop beats in their new album entitled The Weight’s On The Wheels. The end result is a collection of songs that will make you bop your head, but leave you shaking your head in disappointment. The Weight’s On The Wheels seems to be a good version of a rough draft, but is nowhere near a pop music masterpiece.
In songs such as “Tripping Horses” the need for more development is evident. The song is craving some more originality and becomes repetitive to the point of redundancy. The song has you waiting for something unique, but that moment never comes and it ends leaving behind a great amount of unfulfilled promise. The only stellar aspect of the album is the continuous array of beats. Songs such as “To Be Honest” and “Walk With A Crutch” keep the album going, but barely limping along. Such percussion adds some much needed depth to songs, taking the lead in the attempt to help tell various stories through uninspiring and cliché lyrics.
The exception to this album’s mediocrity has to be “One Night, One Kiss.” Even though it isn’t the best duo between a man and woman ever recorded, it is fun, charming and catchy, providing a sense of relief to the listener. Although The Russian Futurists make an admirable attempt to create a noteworthy style of pop music, the result is a cheesy mash up between different genres. This is not to say The Russian Futurists do not have great potential, for what is so frustrating about the album is that the listener gets a glimpse of what could be, but fails to be. While far from excellent, The Weight’s On The Wheels nevertheless reveals the The Russian Futurists’ talent. The album could possibly be the foreshadowing of promising pop tunes that are yet to come.
- Megan Acheampong