Chang­ing tunes Bands’ new di­rec­tions

The Irish Times - Weekend Review - - ARTS & BOOKS -

While The Script have evolved their sound in Free­dom Child, other artists have gone all-in with a mid-ca­reer change in di­rec­tion. Here are some no­ta­bles who have de­fied ex­pec­ta­tion.

THE BRONX Once the box of ‘awe­some punk band’ was ticked, in a move that no one saw com­ing, The Bronx turned their at­ten­tion to mari­achi mu­sic. Thank­fully for those need­ing to know the ex­pected sweat lev­els at their shows, they dif­fer­en­ti­ate their acts with the al­ter ego Mari­achi El Bronx.

KE­SHA Plenty to do with the tur­bu­lent five years since she last graced the spot­light, Ke­sha’s forth­com­ing al­bum, Rain­bow, sees her less in­ter­ested in friv­o­lous pop than weighty, emo­tion­ally-re­veal­ing pieces.

LINKIN PARK Weeks be­fore his tragic death, Ch­ester Ben­ning­ton’s band re­leased their sev­enth al­bum, One More Light, which saw them move from their sig­na­ture rock-rap hy­brid and em­brace chart mu­sic in­stead.

THE HOR­RORS Mocked as a hair­cut NME band, back when NME bands were a thing, the depth and ta­lent in se­cond al­bum Pri­mary Colours forced many to eat their own words.

RADIOHEAD The Ox­ford group (left) did well on the in­die cir­cuit with the promis­ing Pablo Honey and the fully-formed The Bends. Then, in 1997, they only went and re­leased OK Com­puter, chang­ing the face of mu­sic as we know it.

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