AWOLNATION, ‘Passion’ | Track Review
AWOLNATION returns with a ‘passionate’ new single, “Passion.” Have Aaron Bruno and company found the next “Sail”? No, not yet.
In 2011, AWOLNATION experienced a breakthrough. That breakthrough was a single called “Sail,” which was infectious to the nth degree. Not every alternative rock record can make a bigger impact, but “Sail” managed the task. Since then, AWOLNATION hasn’t experienced the same degree of success understandably. Nonetheless, the grind continues for Aaron Bruno, as the band drops a passionate new single, “Passion.”
“Passion” commences with a simple, repetitive intro. The lyric, “Blow my mind” is repeated three times in its entirety. The lyric returns on the chorus, also simplistic, but definitely endearing.
“Pa-pa-passion (ooh) / Pa-pa-passion (ooh) / Blow my mind / Blow my mind.”
Prior to the chorus, the verses have their own distinction. Overall, the production on the verses possesses some psychedelic qualities, which are interesting. Furthermore, the verses are groovy. As far as the vocals, Aaron Bruno singles with falsetto, which is alluring. At the end of the verse/the beginning of the chorus, there’s a key lead-in lyric:
“You got a little you could use much more.”
That ‘littleness’ of which Bruno speaks, would be the passion. The chorus, the crème de la crème of “Passion,” has an edgier sound. It’s not a full-fledged rock sound, but the addition of a heavy, distorted bass line adds some oomph. Also, worth noting, is the outro, which is a nice touch.
Ultimately, “Passion” is a respectable song and return for AWOLNATION. It’s sound, but not game changing. Even after six years, the Bruno and band are in search of a song to match and/or exceed “Sail.” Unfortunately for them, and any artist or collective with a big hit, following up the ‘ace-in-the-hole’ doesn’t come easy. “Passion” is good, but not necessarily great or next level.