Another album by Jordan Reyne for me to enjoy and review, excellent!
From this first sentence alone you get a feel of where this review will be going. When I first heard of Jordan Reyne and was invited to review her album How the Dead Live, I expected something else than what I got, which spoiled the experience a bit.
This time I knew what to expect and it was a whole different experience.
Children of a Factory Nation is a concept album telling the story of a family’s fate and fortune in the middle of the Industrial Revolution.
Here, Jordan once again demonstrates her unique position among the crowd of steampunk musicians:
There is no romanticism, no neo-victorian fantasy in her work. Instead, she tells the dirty, gritty and sometimes depressing truth about what life was actually like for the majority of people in the period steampunk adventures are traditionally set.
The individual tracks of the album are powerful, the majority also rather heavy, again very much like How the Dead Live.
Jordan remains faithful to her very recognizable style. She also manages quite magnificently to make the listener feel for the album’s protagonists. There is a wide spectrum of emotion in this album. Everything from stubborn determination to despair. Joy is missing but there was very little joy for a working class family in 19th century Britain, so this is hardly surprising.
In keeping with the emotions of the song, pace, rhythm and force of the individual tracks vary widely: Factory Nation and A Hard Game are full of energy, even brute force, Heavenly Creatures is one struggle for breath,The Arsonist is a song light as a feather, until you really listen to the lyrics.
Children of a Factory Nation is no easy listening, it is a powerful, engaging and thought-provoking album. It is also immensely enjoyable. The only thing I miss is a danceable track.
Nine out of ten Zeppelins.