Independent singer-songwriter Kulick (a.k.a. Jacob Kulick) is scheduled to release his new album Yelling in a Quiet Neighborhood Friday through ENCI Records. The 29-minute record has already produced three singles leading up to its release, the most recent of which – ‘The Way I Am’ – was released Wednesday. That song and its predecessors — ‘Talking to the Ceiling’ and ‘Rope’ – have already done plenty to build excitement for the record. They are but a portion of what makes the album interesting. ‘Crawling,’ which opens the album is another clear example of what makes the record so appealing. It will be addressed shortly. ‘The Way I Am,’ the album’s latest single, is another way in which Kulick’s new album shines. It will be addressed a little later. ‘Monster,’ the album’s midpoint (for all intents and purposes), is yet another way in which Kulick’s new album proves itself so worth hearing. When it is considered along with the other songs noted here, including its other two singles and the rest of its body, the whole proves to be a record that given the right support, will certainly make plenty of noise.
Kulick’s new album Yelling in a Quiet Neighborhood is an interesting work that is deserving of being heard and receiving support. All three of the singles that it has produced prove that well within themselves. They are not the record’s only standout songs. Its opener, ‘Crawling’ is another way in which it shows its appeal. That is due in pat to its musical arrangement. Right from its subtle opening bars and into its body, the song’s arrangement lends itself to comparisons to works from Imagine Dragons. That is evident through the use of the steady, almost ethereal drums and precise yet controlled vocals and keyboards. The subtlety in the guitar line adds even more punch to the arrangement, even as – again – subtle as it is. The whole of the noted elements makes the song’s musical arrangement a strong start for this record. The power in the song’s musical arrangement serves well as an accompaniment for the work’s lyrical content, which comes across as a work that centers on the familiar topic of a broken relationship.
The noted seeming lyrical theme presented in ‘Crawling is inferred as Kulick sings in the song’s lead verse, “I’ve never felt so desperate/Never felt so tired and down/I feel this tightness in my chest/It’s putting tension on my bones/Every night I ask these questions/If I leave/where will I go/Never felt so tired and desperate/The sensation’s all I know/If I knew what was best for me/Don’t you think that’s what I’d do/Every time I leave, I fall to my knees/Turn around/Keep on crawling back to you.” This verse makes relatively clear, the noted theme. This is someone who is at a turning point in the relationship. It is someone who is near the relationship’s end, but does not know what to do. It is a situation to which so many listeners can relate. The seeming statement is made even clearer in the song’s second verse, whose lyrics are slightly more difficult to decipher without a lyrics sheet. However, it is still evident as the subject states, “I feel you keep poisoning my system” and that “I couldn’t be so condescending/So full of empty promises” before returning to the song’s chorus in which the noted statement is made that, “If I knew what was best for me/Don’t you think that’s what I’d do.” Once again, even with some of the lyrics being indecipherable in the song’s second verse, enough is understandable along with everything in the song’s lead verse, to know that this is another song centered on a personal relationship and its difficulties. That accessible lyrical content and infectious musical arrangement come together to make the song unquestionably another key addition to Yelling in a Quiet Neighborhood. It is just one more of the album’s strongest entries, too. The record’s most recent single, ‘The Way I Am’ is another important song to note.
As with the album’s opener, ‘The Way I Am’ boasts a comparison to works from Imagine Dragons. Stylistically speaking, the songs’ arrangements take a similar approach. What is important to note here is that the actual sound produced in the two songs is different from one to the other. It is another work that will fir easily into any Top 40 Pop/rock radio programmer’s play list what with the use of the guitars, drums and vocals. The tension in the song’s arrangement partners well with its lyrical content, which Kulick himself said in a recent interview is “one of the darker, more personal, and introspective songs on the new record.” While Kulick never comes out in his statement and points out the lyrical theme, that note and the use of the home video footage in the song’s companion video seems to point to perhaps him trying to deal emotionally with his upbringing.
Kulick sings in the song’s lead verse, “I’m fighting with myself as much as we have been/I know you hurt from it/But words need to be said/I’ve come to terms with it/but how much is pretend?/Until you see I’m not the person/You’ve been with/I found another you/Found another/have you found another me yet?/I’ve had enough of you/had enough of you/Have you had enough of me yet?/And I don’t wanna move/I don’t wanna move/Wanna stop time/Freeze it/In the past/Where you are/All alone.” He continues in the song’s second verse, “I’m hiding from myself/As often as I can/I’m tired of running from the person that I’ve been/Don’t’ wanna talk about it/Nothing comes from this/I’m so uncomfortable/I’m crawling in my skin/I found another you/Found another you/Have you found another me yet?/I’ve had enough of you/had enough of you/Have you had enough of me yet?/And I don’t wanna move/I don’t wanna move/Wanna stop time/Freeze it/In the past where you are/All alone.” From there Kulick turns even more introspective in the chorus, in which he sings about being tired of being a certain way, and telling another person not to feel sorry for him because he is just the way he is. In other words, he has come to terms with who and what he is (seemingly) even despite a lot of apparent negative emotion throughout his young life. It makes for an interesting presentation that is certain to generate its own share of discussion among listeners. When it is considered with the song’s musical arrangement, the two elements come together to make the song that much more impacting. Keeping that in mind, it joins with the album’s opener and other two singles to show even more clearly why Yelling in a Quiet Neighborhood is such an appealing album. It still is not the last of the album’s most notable works. ‘Monster’ is one more notable addition to the album.
‘Monster’ trades in the Imagine Dragons comparison for something much more pop-oriented and minimalist in its musical arrangement. It is grounded in Kulick’s singing and guitar work. The mournful sound of Kulick’s vocals and the occasional layering of his singing helps in the arrangement’s efforts to translate the emotion presented in the song’s lyrical theme, which itself focuses on a broken relationship once again.
The topic of a broken relationship is crystal clear in ‘Monster’ right from its outset as Kulick sings in the song’s lead verse, “I know the feeling/Awake and alone/When I was there tonight/And I wasn’t home/Made up your reasons/Made up my own/Betrayed the only thing I’ve ever known/Always a cheater/Can’t deny/I need to leave her/Dim the lights/So I couldn’t see her/To the end of time/It’s what I said/It’s not the only lie I put in her head/So I kill the lights/And try to forget/I am a monster/I put those demons in her head/An imposter/Will you see he’s just pretend/I lost her/I miss my side of the bed/I’m still tangled in the threads/Till I move on to the next/I’m a monster in your bed.” He continues in the song’s second verse, “And I know the feeling/Afraid and cold/Daylight, you want to hide away from it all/Just to find your reasons/Just to find my own/But it’s too late/I need the change/And I gotta go home/Once a liar/Always a cheater/Can’t deny/That I need to leave her/Dim the lights/So I couldn’t see her/Til the end of time/That’s what I said/It’s not the only lie/I put in her head/So I kill the lights/And try to forget/I am a monster/I put those demons in your head/An imposter/Who you see is just pretend/I lost her/I miss my side of the bed/I’m still tangled in the threads/Til I move on to the next.” Once again, audiences get a clear, vivid picture of a man who knows he has done wrong, and in this case is actually showing genuine remorse for what he has done. It is a rare type of presentation, actually. Usually such songs about cheating and breakups are presented from the female vantage point. So to have such a topic presented from the male vantage point, and showing that the guy realizes he has done wrong, and actually shows remorse for his actions in such fashion is powerful in its own right. To that end, that message and the song’s musical arrangement show clearly why it is yet another important addition to Yelling in a Quiet Neighborhood. When this song is considered along with the other songs noted here, the album’s other songs and the rest of the record’s entries, the album in whole proves itself a record that deserves just as much support as anything from Kulick’s more well-known mainstream pop and pop rock counterparts. It holds its own that well against the works from those artists.
Kulick’s new album Yelling in a Quiet Neighborhood is a positive new offering from the independent singer-songwriter. Even clicking in at just 29 minutes, it packs a strong musical and lyrical punch. That is proven through its musical and lyrical content. Each of the songs examined here serve well to support the noted statements. Much the same can be said of the album’s singles and other songs not directly addressed here. All things considered, the album proves itself just as enjoyable as anything offered by Kulick’s more well-known mainstream counterparts. To that end, it is a record that, giving the right support, could make just as much noise as those records. Yelling in a Quiet Neighborhood is scheduled for release Friday through ENCI Records.
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