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The 20 Best Debut Albums of All Time
What makes a debut album successful? Is it all skill, or is there some luck involved? Does the genre matter? Or is it solely the number of sales that determines whether a band is responsible for one of the best debut albums of all time? Ultimately, there are a lot of factors involved. Some are measurable, while others are more subjective. If you’re curious about what goes into making the best debut albums of all time, see which 20 albums made our list.
What Makes These the Best Debut Albums?
When it comes to assessing the success of a debut album, we’re looking at several factors. Sales, for example, is a huge contributor. But an album’s impact on music and pop culture at large also matter — as does the longevity of an album’s popularity.
Music is subjective, so coming up with a definitive list is tricky. What’s earth-shattering to you might be fairly inconsequential to another listener. It’s even hard for experts to agree. Some critics clearly favor particular genres; as a whole, it’s hard to pin down the weight of the various evaluation criteria. And that’s why you’ll see very different lists across leading music publications like Rolling Stone and Revolver .
Since that’s the case, the topic of the best debut albums of all time is hotly debated. Still, the list below attempts to capture some of the most successful ones.
In the world of lyrical quality, Adele’s ability to tell a heart-wrenching story with her music is undeniable. With the release of 19 — an album title paying homage to the singer’s age at the time — Adele quickly racked up fans.
The music was emotional, thought-provoking, and deeply intimate. Plus, Adele’s vocal power is practically unmatched, making 19 one of the greatest debut albums in history.
Alicia Keys, Songs in a Minor
Featuring piano, strings and a ton of soulfulness, Alicia Keys coupled exceptional poise with meaningful lyrics to create an album that quickly resonated with the masses. It was also a departure from what was found in the pop genre at the start of the millennium, embracing a softness — something that was incredibly powerful.
Not to mention, this album shone during a period marked by boy bands and dance hits. Ultimately, Keys’ music was incredibly genuine, and showed how classic elements could remain relevant even in contemporary music.
Black Sabbath, Black Sabbath
In the world of hard rock and heavy metal, Black Sabbath’s self-titled debut album is broadly considered revolutionary. Released in 1970, the album introduced the world to Ozzy Osbourne’s unique vocals.
Additionally, there was exceptional musicality throughout the tracks, along with undeniably memorable guitar riffs and baselines. Black Sabbath also inspired a slew of future bands. As a result, it’s nearly impossible to ignore the significance of the band’s first album.
De La Soul, 3 Feet High and Rising
As the 1980s drew to a close, De La Soul released an album that shirked convention when it came to rap. Along with great beats, there were moments of humor as well as short skits. Plus, the lyrics were largely designed with relatability in mind.
Further breaking down barriers, the album featured collaborations with artists from other genres, including greats like Johnny Cash and Hall & Oates. In the end, the result was eclectic and often light-hearted, allowing the album to stand out in the growing rap scene.
DMX, It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot
In 1998 DMX hit the scene with It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot . At the time, listeners were looking for a gritty, authentic sound with energy to spare. The album touched on a wide range of topics, making at least a few tracks relatable to nearly any listener.
While DMX didn’t take off as quickly as some other artists on this list, his long-term influence is undeniable. Today, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who didn’t connect with some of his music.
Guns N’ Roses, Appetite for Destruction
When it comes to hard rock in the 1980s, it’s impossible to deny the impact of Appetite for Destruction . It was ultimately the best-selling debut album of the decade, even though it came out on the back end of the 10-year span.
The album drew influences from a range of genres, incorporating blues, funk and punk elements into a largely rock sound. Plus, there were many surprisingly emotional moments, resulting in a powerful album brimming with hits.
Kanye West, The College Dropout
While Kanye West wasn’t new to the music industry when he released The College Dropout , the album marked his initial steps into the world of becoming a rap artist. He created a sound that was wholly unique, introducing a range of influences — including gospel — into his songs. Additionally, much of his music feels like a glimpse behind the scenes, giving people insights into his struggles, viewpoint and more.
One standout moment? “Through the Wire,” a song written after a car accident and recorded while Kanye’s jaw was wired shut. While it’s an unconventional claim to fame, the track itself also garnered critical admiration, and not just for the conditions under which it was recorded. On a whole, College Dropout is one of the best debut albums of all time.
Linkin Park, Hybrid Theory
A force in the world of alternative rock, Linkin Park played a major role in the rap-rock sub-genre, immediately turning heads with Hybrid Theory . The juxtaposition of Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda’s vocal stylings, and all their intriguing musicality, propelled the band to success.
Not to mention, there was an emotional, raw quality to the album. The songs were authentic, expressing emotions that resonated with a huge swath of listeners.
Liz Phair, Exile in Guyville
Released in 1993, Liz Phair’s debut album was an undeniable force in the world of indie rock. The messaging in the songs hit hard, making the music feel incredibly raw and genuine. Couple that with a fairly barebones approach to the music, and that first album quickly made its way into the hearts of many during the ‘90s.
Exile in Guyville was also critically acclaimed, drawing even more attention to Phair and securing her fans who might otherwise have overlooked a debut album. While its commercial success was a bit limited — mainly because of the somewhat niche genre — the album cemented its position in music history nonetheless.
Released in 1994, Illmatic showcases Nas as an epic storyteller, discussing life in a genuine and relatable way. Couple that with the exceptional musicality and his daring to take on potentially tough subject matter and, well, saying the album made an impression would be a massive understatement.
Plus, Illmatic demonstrated Nas’ knack for collaboration; he brought in artists who truly added something critical to the equation. The album is powerful, at times shocking and a legitimate triumph for Nas and the genre at large.
NWA, Straight Outta Compton
An album that launched the careers of many rap legends, Straight Outta Compton took the world by storm. It was a definitive celebration of “thug life”, discussing many of the trials, tribulations and challenges, all while asserting that they weren’t role models, even though they became them nonetheless.
While many of the tracks are noteworthy, few are as infamous as “F*ck the Police”. Not only did it resonate with listeners, but it drew the attention of authorities, only reaffirming this album’s undeniable place in history.
Pearl Jam, Ten
During the rise of grunge , Pearl Jam hit the scene. Many assumed that the band didn’t stand a chance when compared to Nirvana. However, Ten helped Pearl Jam prove otherwise in record time. The songs were powerful, detailing stories with profound messages. Couple that with Eddie Vedder’s unique vocals, and it’s clear why the album secured such critical acclaim.
Pearl Jam also resonated strongly with members of Gen X, many of whom felt they weren’t being heard or seen at the start of the 1990s. Ultimately, Pearl Jam developed a large, loyal fanbase. Even now, they remain one of the pillars of rock.
When it comes to bringing hip-hop to the masses, Run-D.M.C. was a quintessential element. The group’s self-titled debut album broadened the genre’s fanbase significantly, making hip-hop more accessible to new listeners.
Plus, the party vibe of many of the tracks imbued the album with a sense of fun, all while leaning into rock elements. In many ways, Run-D.M.C. was genre-blending at its best, making this landmark record one of the best debut albums ever.
The Band, Music From Big Pink
When it comes to grassroots American rock of the 1960s, The Band personified much of what the genre offered. There was an innate simplicity to their music, making it highly relatable. It also shirked many of the era’s trends, passing over the time’s signature psychedelic vibes for something a bit more comfortable.
This album also focused more on daily life during an era when political messages were increasingly common in music. As a result, it was a go-to album for many households looking for an experience that felt familiar and, perhaps, less charged.
The Beatles, Please Please Me
Few bands burst onto the scene quite like The Beatles. The Fab Four embraced vocal harmonies and imbued their music with ample energy. While many would argue that Please Please Me wasn’t the band’s strongest album, it did launch a career unlike anything the music world had ever seen.
Plus, it featured a mix of originals and covers, giving the album a degree of familiarity, all while introducing something groundbreaking. Without the massive appeal of Please Please Me , The Beatles might not have skyrocketed to fame like they did, so it’s more than deserving of a spot on this list of best debut albums.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Are You Experienced
When it comes to guitarists, few would disagree that Jimi Hendrix was a phenom. This 1967 debut album featured a blending of much of what was great about emerging rock in the ‘60s. There were blues elements, a cosmic vibe and a musicality unlike anything music lovers had experienced before.
And, of course, Jimi Hendrix on guitar is, in and of itself, a history-making moment. Up to that point, no one had made an impression quite as strong, which is why critics, musicians and fans still view Hendrix as an inspiration decades later.
The Killers, Hot Fuss
Released in 2004, Hot Fuss brought back a classic British pop sound — even though The Killers were from Las Vegas. The band leaned into that David Bowie kind of androgyny, blending that with an ‘80s pop-rock sound.
Ultimately, The Killers’ debut album had several major hits, which helped to propel it to quick success — and, in hindsight, make it one of the best debut albums of all time. Many of the tracks feel as powerful and unique today as they did at the time of the album’s release — and that’s real staying power.
The Strokes, Is This It
For their debut album, The Strokes combined punk and rock with a crooner vibe — a blend that quickly gained traction on the airwaves. While many people likened the sound to specific types of British rock, this American band released stellar music at a transitory time, offering up a level of genre purity that many felt had otherwise disappeared from the rock sphere.
The band’s somewhat simplistic approach to songwriting, and the relatability of their lyrics, made Is This It a hit then — and make it an enduring album even now. And all of this makes it one of the best debut albums of all time.
Calling Weezer “unexpected” often feels like an understatement. Many of the tracks have an innate quirkiness, allowing them to easily stand out from the crowd. Plus, the upbeat, punk-esque nature of many of Weezer’s songs make them great for driving.
Firmly situated in the indie-rock genre, Weezer wasn’t afraid to sidestep convention and create something unique. Eventually, the band became a big part of the emo movement, too, giving Weezer staying power far beyond what many critics and listeners initially expected.
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Best-Selling Albums of All Time
When it comes to music, it’s hard to predict which song is going to be the next big hit. When it comes to albums, it’s even harder to know which artists people are going to love enough to buy copies of their work to keep in their homes, play on their stereos or loop on their phones. Luckily for us, the Recording Industry Association of America has been keeping track of what sells and how much, so we know which musicians are still a favorite of millions to hear, even if it might have been years after their album released. These best-selling albums are proof that good artists have a long-lasting legacy. Here are some of the best-selling albums in history:
Eagles – Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975)
Topping the list at 38 million units, Eagles have made news by overtaking King of Pop, Michael Jackson, to have their compilation album the best-selling one in U.S. Containing songs from the highest points of their career, the album may have recently soared back in popularity due to the band being on tour.
Michael Jackson – Thriller
It’s no surprise that Michael Jackson’s album holds a place in this list. He was a worldwide icon who defined what music – and moving to music – meant for a whole generation. With tracks like Beat It, Billie Jean and of course Thriller, the album is a masterpiece and it received several awards to prove it, including eight Grammys. Jackson’s album may be second now in the States, but it still remains the highest selling album worldwide.
Eagles – Hotel California
Eagles are the only artist to currently hold two spots of the top ranks of the ‘best-selling albums of all time’ list. While critics remain divided on what to make of their music still, the band continues to have a loyal audience who won’t shy away from playing the titular track on repeat.
Billy Joel – Greatest Hits Volume I & Volume II
This compilation album first came out in 1985, and it has sold 23 million copies since then. The Piano Man has had a prolific career and this album contains some of his best work. He still draws in big crowds with his performances so there’s no wonder his album is popular too.
Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV
Led Zeppelin’s untitled fourth album’s popularity is certainly in part due to their hit song Stairway to Heaven. While it may or may not have contained hidden messages, the album’s success is quite clear and its sales numbers have only strengthened the position of the band as one of the most loved rock bands ever.
Pink Floyd – The Wall
Fans of the band will tell you that Pink Floyd’s The Wall is more than an album, it’s an experience. This concept album is even hailed by some to be one of the best albums of all time, and it was its raw passion that evoked something in its listeners that made millions relate to it and buy it in hordes.
AC/DC – Back in Black
Released at the height of the rock band’s popularity, Back in Black was their seventh album and the first one to be released after lead singer Bon Scott’s death with Brian Johnson taking his place after the band decided not to disband. With the album’s immensely positive reception from critics and fans, there’s no doubt their decision paid off.
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VOYAGER: weiterer Video-Clip vom neuen Album “Fearless In Love”
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Die Progressive Rock / Metal-Band VOYAGER stellt ihr neues Album “Fearless In Love” mit einem weiteren Video-Clip vor: “ Ultraviolet “.
Vor dem Release gab es als Vorgeschmack auf die Platte die Single-Auskopplungen “Submarine”, “ Dreamer “, “Prince Of Fire” sowie “Promise”. Mit Letzterem nehmen die Australier darüber hinaus am diesjährigen Eurovision Songcontest teil.
Den Entstehungsprozess der Platte beschreibt Sänger Danny Estrin:
“‘Fearless in Love’ wurde zwischen 2020 und 2022 geschrieben und aufgenommen. Der Schreibprozess unterschied sich sehr von dem, was wir in der Vergangenheit gemacht haben. Das Ergebnis ist ein kohärenteres und aufregenderes Album mit einem cineastischen Gefühl, das an die düsteren Filme der 80er und 90er Jahre erinnert und alle Schichten zeigt, die Voyager ausmachen. Dieses Album nimmt dich mit auf eine Reise durch eine dunkle Stadt und lässt dich am Ende mit einer nachdenklichen, reflektierenden Note zurück.”
“Fearless In Love” erschien am 14. Juli 2023 via Season of Mist auf CD, Vinyl sowie digital. Das Artwork gestaltete Ashley Doodkorte.
VOYAGER “Fearless In Love” Tracklist
01. The Best Intentions (03:48) 02. Prince of Fire (04:46) (Video bei YouTube) 03. Ultraviolet (featuring Sean Harmanis of Make Them Suffer) (04:16) (Video bei YouTube) 04. Dreamer (03:00) (Video bei YouTube) 05. The Lamenting (04:10) 06. Submarine (04:47) (Video bei YouTube) 07. Promise (03:04) (Video bei YouTube) 08. Twisted (03:54) 09. Daydream (03:09) 10. Listen (04:13) 11. Gren (Fearless in Love) (05:25)
VOYAGER announce new album ‘Fearless in Love’
Posted on May 4, 2023
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Perth’s fearless, riff-laden, genre-bending band VOYAGER are back with their long-awaited eighth studio album ‘Fearless In Love’ scheduled for release on July 14th via Season Of Mist
Pre-orders are now live HERE .
On ‘Fearless in Love’, sweeping vocals paired with emotive lyrics inspired by the grit and glam of 80s and 90s film overlay heavy guitar riffs and percussion to create a sonic journey that pushes the boundary of what fans have come to expect from VOYAGER.
“Fearless in Love was written and recorded between 2020 and 2022. The writing process was very different from how we’ve done things in the past,” explains Danny Estrin. “As a result, the album is more cohesive and exciting with a cinematic feel, hailing back to gritty films of the 80s and 90s showcasing all the layers that make up Voyager. This album takes you on a ride through a dark city and leaves you on a more pensive, reflective note by the end.”
In addition to the announcement of ‘Fearless in Love’, VOYAGER has released a new song from the album, “Prince of Fire” which now is available via all digital service providers HERE and the video is now available HERE .
Voyager Reissue ‘Fearless in Love’ on Vinyl with “Promise”
VOYAGER have been everywhere since landing in the Top Ten at Eurovision. They’ve topped the AIR chart. They’ve chatted with Today and Guitar World and graced the cover of Prog magazine.
Voyager Reissue Album that Set Course for Eurovision
Voyager have come a long way. The band just released their breakthrough album ‘Fearless in Love’, but they first formed back in 1999, when Daniel Estrin was studying at the University of Western Australia.
Voyager release ‘Fearless in Love’
You’ve probably noticed, but VOYAGER are on quite a ride. The band started this year with a Top Ten finish at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, thanks to their keytar-charged power ballad “Promise”. Back home, they were treated to a hero’s welcome with a sold-out summer tour of Australia. Earlier this week, they released “Ultraviolet”, which highlighted a darker, more introspective side to to their electro progressive metal.
VOYAGER Go into a Darker Headspace on “Ultraviolet”
Hot on the heels of making the grand finale of Eurovision and coming home to a sold-out Australian tour, Voyager are releasing one last advanced track off their highly anticipated new album, which comes out this Friday, July 14.
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Die rifflastige und genreübergreifende Band VOYAGER aus Perth ist zurück mit ihrem lang erwarteten achten Studio-Album «Fearless In Love», das am 14. Juli 2023 über Season Of Mist erscheinen wird.
«Fearless In Love» soll sich laut Label, sich mitreissender Gesang und gefühlvolle Texte überlagern, inspiriert von den glamourösen Filmen der 80er und 90er Jahre, mit schweren Gitarrenriffs und Percussion zu einer klanglichen Reise, die die Grenzen dessen sprengen soll, was Fans von Voyager erwarten.
"«Fearless In Love» wurde zwischen 2020 und 2022 geschrieben und aufgenommen. Der Schreibprozess unterschied sich sehr von dem, was wir in der Vergangenheit gemacht haben" , erklärt Danny Estrin. "Das Ergebnis ist ein kohärenteres und aufregenderes Album mit einem cineastischen Gefühl, das an die düsteren Filme der 80er und 90er Jahre erinnert und all die Schichten zeigt, die Voyager ausmachen. Das Album nimmt dich mit auf eine Reise durch eine dunkle Stadt und lässt dich am Ende mit einer nachdenklichen, reflektierenden Note zurück."
Zusätzlich zur Ankündigung von «Fearless In Love» haben Voyager einen neuen Song «Prince Of Fire» aus dem Album veröffentlicht, der hier als Video zu sehen ist:
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Voyager kündigen neues Album „Fearless In Love“ an
Voyager sind aktuell beim ESC 2023 in Liverpool zu sehen. Im Sommer folgt dann ein neues Album der Band aus Australien.
Der neue Longplayer wird „Fearless In Love“ heißen und am 14. Juli 2023 erscheinen. Auf der CD und der in der digitalen Version ( hier vorbestellen ) ist der ESC-Song „Promise“ mit dabei. Auf Vinyl allerdings nicht, weil er zum Zeitpunkt der Produktion noch nicht existierte, wie Voyager auf Instagram erklärten . Dafür soll es eine limitierte „Promise/Dreamer“-Edition auf Vinyl geben.
So sieht die Tracklist für CD und digitale Ausspielung aus:
01. The Best Intentions 02. Prince Of Fire 03. Ultraviolet (featuring Sean Harmanis) 04. Dreamer 05. The Lamenting 06. Submarine 07. Promise 08. Twisted 09. Daydream 10. Listen 11. Gren (Fearless in Love)
„Prince Of Fire“ ist am Donnerstag zur Albumankündigung als Single veröffentlicht worden. Hier ist es:
Beinahe-Teilnahme am ESC 2022 mit „Dreamer“
Auch „Dreamer“ ist im ESC-Kontext kein unbekannter Song. Voyager waren damit im vergangenen Jahr beim australischen Vorentscheid angetreten und hatten den zweiten Platz belegt, nur knapp hinter Sieger Sheldon Riley . 2023 waren Voyager mit dem Song „Promise“ dann direkt zum australischen ESC-Act bestimmt worden, einen Vorentscheid gab es in diesem Jahr nicht.
Frontmann von Voyager ist Danny Estrin, der in Deutschland aufgewachsen und als Kind mit seinen Eltern nach Australien ausgewandert ist. Im Interview mit bleistiftrocker.de vor der Abreise nach Liverpool hatte er erzählt, dass für Oktober eine Headliner-Tour durch Europa geplant ist. „Ich hoffe, dass viele ESC-Fans sagen, dass wir eine Band sind, die sie auch gerne mal live sehen möchten.“
Voyager werden mit „Promise“ im zweiten ESC-Halbfinale am 11. Mai zu sehen sein. Wenn die Qualifikation gelingt, geht es dann am 13. Mai im Finale um den Sieg beim Eurovision Song Contest 2023.
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Voyager announce new album ‘Fearless In Love’
VOYAGER have announced a new album!
Titled Fearless In Love , the upcoming album from the Australian progressive metal band is the long-awaited follow-up to 2019’s Colours In The Sun , and is scheduled to be released in July this year, via Season Of Mist .
“ Fearless In Love was written and recorded between 2020 and 2022. The writing process was very different to how we’ve done things in the past,” explains vocalist and frontman Danny Estrin . “As a result, the album is more cohesive and exciting with a cinematic feel, hailing back to gritty films of the 80’s and 90’s showcasing all the layers that make up VOYAGER . This album takes you on a ride through a dark city and leaves you on a more pensive, reflective note by the end.”
Alongside the announcement of the new album, the band have released a new music video for a new song lifted from the upcoming album; Prince Of Fire . The new song is the second single to be released from the upcoming album, following on from Promise , of which the band will take to the Eurovision stage.
Watch the official music video for Prince Of Fire here:
Also, you can view both the track list and artwork for the upcoming new album below:
1. The Best Intentions 2. Prince Of Fire 3. Ultraviolet 4. Dreamer 5. The Lamenting 6. Submarine 7. Promise 8. Twisted 9. Daydream 10. Listen 11. Gren (Fearless In Love)
Fearless In Love is set for release on July 14th via Season Of Mist. Pre-orders are available now and can be purchased here .
For more information on VOYAGER like their official page on Facebook .
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Voyager announce new studio album Fearless In Love
Australian prog rockers Voyager, who represent Australia in next week's Eurovision Song Contest, release Fearless In Love in July
Australian electro prog metallers Voyager have announced that they will release their new album, Fearless In Love , through Season of Mist records on July 14. It's the
At the same time the band have released a new single, Prince Of Fire , which you can watch in tomorrow's Tracks Of The Week. You can view the new album artwork and tracklisting below.
" Fearless In Love was written and recorded between 2020 and 2022. The writing process was very different to how we’ve done things in the past," says vocalist and keyboard player Danny Estrin. "As a result, the album is more cohesive and exciting with a cinematic feel, hailing back to gritty films of the 80s and 90s showcasing all the layers that make up Voyager. This album takes you on a ride through a dark city and leaves you on a more pensive, reflective note by the end."
The quintet are currently in Liverpool as they prepare to represent Australia at next week's 67th Eurovision Song Contest with the song Promise , which is on Fearless In. Love , alongside Dreamer , the band's Eurovision entry for last year, which won the public vote in Australia but came second with the closed television panel vote.
“As a long-time Eurovision fan, this is the pinnacle - Voyager gets to play the greatest show on earth," Estrin said at the time. "Our song Promise is made for the Eurovision stage and collectively we feel it's one of our best yet. We filmed the music video in both the city of Perth and beautiful parts of Western Australia to showcase the majestic beauty of our home state. Eurovisionation, we are coming!!!”
Australia was first invited to take part back in 2015 by the European Broadcasting Union and have been participants ever since. The Eurovision - Australia Decides television contest has been going since 2018.
Heavier music has some history at the event, with Finnish shock rockers Lordi amously winning the event in 2006 and Italian glam rockers Måneskin walked off with the honours in 2021. But Voyager represent the first time a progressive band has ever featured.
Prog will be bringing you all the details on how to vote for Voyager next week.
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Voyager: Fearless In Love 1. The Best Intentions 2. Prince of Fire 3. Ultraviolet 4. Dreamer 5. The Lamenting 6. Submarine 7. Promise 8. Twisted 9. Daydream 10. Listen 11. Gren (Fearless in Love)
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Voyager release new album ‘Fearless in Love’
'fearless in love' is the 8th studio album from voyager since they formed in 1999..
Recent Australian Eurovision representatives Voyager, have released their newest album, ‘Fearless in Love’. It pays homage to their traditional progressive metal-rock sound but also contains a broad soundscape of pop-metal, synth and electronics.
Who are Voyager?
To Eurovision fans, watchers and arguably many Australians and others around the world, Voyager needs no introduction at all. Hailing from Perth, Western Australia, Voyager are a well-established progressive band that has been creating music together for almost 25 years. Current members Danny, Simone, Scott, Alex and Ash were Australia’s Eurovision representatives in 2023, achieving 9th place with their song Promise and also placed 2nd in the Australia Decides National Final in 2022 with Dreamer.
Their first studio album, Element V, was released in 2003, and Fearless in Love now marks their 8th album. Since they formed in 1999, they have also embarked on world tours, as well as nationally. Each of their subsequently released albums showcase a wide range of styles, whilst staying true to their progressive metal and rock roots.
‘Fearless in Love’
‘Fearless in Love’ marks Voyager’s 8th studio album, and is a memorable addition to their discography.
The first title on the track, The Best Intentions , contains elements that are quintessentially Voyager , including guitar-riff choruses and synth-laden verses, which are laced with lead vocalist (and keyboardist) Danny’s harmonisations and vocalisations. Ultraviolet, Dreamer, Promise and Submarine provide upbeat choruses and are the more musically ‘full’ and layered tracks on the album. However, Prince of Fire, Daydream, and The Lamenting provide are more stripped back that give the instrumentations from all members to shine through. Twisted and Listen give the greatest spotlight to complex electronic guitar-riffs, where the former is arguably one of the most polished tracks on the album. Its melodies, containing head-banging riffs and resonant and complex drum beats provide for a compelling track. The album concludes with the title track, Gren (Fearless in Love) , which is also the longest song on the album.
Voyager speaks fondly of their new album, and describe it as one that was written in a very transformational time in their lives.
“After many years of writing, demoing, isolating, perfecting and recording, we are proud to present our 8th album in full, “Fearless In Love”. We are so proud of this album. It comes at a transformational time in our lives, and the music reflects that feeling perfectly. We have so many people to thank throughout the last four or so years for what we now have.” Voyager, via Instagram (@voyagerau)
You can take a listen to the entire album below on Spotify.
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