Album Review: Tilian’s “The Skeptic”

Tilian Pearson is mainly known for his work with Dance Gavin Dance these days, but the musician has also been putting out plenty of great material with his solo project since 2013, and his new album “The Skeptic” (out September 28) is no exception.

The effort opens with “Made Of Plastic,” a perfect song that gives the listener an idea of what the rest of the album has to offer. The track has a decent balance of guitar driven parts and electronics with Pearson’s unmistakable voice bringing everything together.

This trend continues on with the alt-pop anthem “Cocky,” which fans may recognize as the album’s first single. This is one of the highlights of the effort, mainly due to how catchy it is. It’s an upbeat track that you can’t help but sing along to.

Aside from “Cocky”, another strong point is “Human Garbage.” This one offers more of a rock vibe as compared to other tracks on the effort. It still retains the pop influence, but it is a little closer to the post-hardcore style of Dance Gavin Dance.

“Human Garbage” is followed by a couple of the album’s other highlights, “Hold On” and “Blame It On Rock N’ Roll.” “Hold On” has a nice melody complemented by emotional lyrics that can tug at one’s heart strings. Contrastingly, “Blame It On Rock N’ Roll” is a fun track that has a bit of an ’80’s style to it.

As people move closer to the end of the album, things seem to get poppier, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The remaining songs still have a uniqueness to them and they continue to drag you in, especially the closer “Ghost Town,” which has an infectious groove that hooks you from the start.

All in all, “The Skeptic” is a solid piece of work that really showcases Pearson’s talents, while combining elements of pop with rock guitar. It’s definitely worth checking out if you’re looking for new music.

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