As you probably know at this point X Ambassadors are a favorite of Lemonade Magazine. We have reviewed their debut EP, The Reason (Review), their debut album, VHS (Review), and we have interviewed their lead singer, Sam Harris (Interview). Well, they have just re-released their debut album, VHS 2.0, with 5 new tracks. There is not much need to go over the original tracks, but if interested check out the links above.
The new bonus tracks start with a remixed version of “Low Life”, aptly named “Low Life 2.0”, that still features blues rocker, Jamie N Commons, and a new addition of rapper A$AP Ferg. Nothing especially new, but it does have a slightly hip-hop feel, obviously.
The second track, “Kerosene Dreams”, is a down-tempo song that blends the sounds of “Renegades” and “Unsteady”, but it does lack a little bit of a spark. Whereas “Collider”, featuring guitarist Tom Morello, is much more rock song that would be killer live. The song reaches down and pushes Sam Harris‘s vocals to the limit without overdoing it. The addition of Morello just gives it that Rage Against The Machine feel. It’s unmistakable.
“Gorgeous” is the next track and it is a stripped down live version from the Upstate Sessions. It shows the unbelievable versatility of X Ambassadors. It is clean and uncut. No need for a ton of production. And the final track, “Eye Of The Storm” is a slow starter, but the build up is fantastic. Do not give up on this song. All in all, this is worth picking up the extra tracks of X Ambassadors songs or at least listen to it on Spotify.
Pick up VHS 2.0 by X Ambassadors on iTunes or most major retailers.
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