One thing I love about this writing position is the chance to experience new artists each and every week. Sometimes they are good and sometimes they are bad, but it is never not interesting and enlightening. People revel in discovering what is new, especially in the entertainment world where we always want to be the first person to tell our friends about the new, awesome song/singer and how that person should listen to it right away. Now, I do not think that Alex Riggen’s first full-length album Rabbit is that kind of revelatory experience that propels you to drop what you are doing, but given time he might be able to get there.
The folky acoustic song styling’s of Riggen’s music along with his voice echoes an early Smashing Pumpkins/Radiohead influence that is really hauntingly symbolic. Symbolic of what I am not really sure yet and this is precisely my problem when listening to this album. It has all the hallmarks of a great album with the right touches, but where it inevitably falls flat is in the execution. The songwriting is all over the place, but when it hits, it hits good. The first single “Dawn” comes off like a guy singing to a girl after the first date when he is trying to seal the deal. Unfortunately, the song also has the refrain of “the day is much too long” and while that is true, it also represents the problem of the album as a whole. The album does drag on, which may have to do with the songs themselves, but until the second album comes out, it is hard to know for sure.
In the end, this is a good album from a really good singer with a lot of promise that I hope to hear one day when that promise is fulfilled. Until then, treat yourself to something special and enjoy some haunting, soulful music from a person who seems to truly love what he does and I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.