CD review THOMAS V. JÄGER ‚A Solitary Plan‘

Monolord frontman Thomas V. Jäger worked on his solo debut, which was originally scheduled for May this year. As with many other records also his album needed an adjusted release date due to the ongoing COVID pandemic. A few days ago the wait came to an end. The album is available and if your looking for the happy flow after all the pandemic months, you should consider another album. This release instead is melancholic, sad and covers topics wrapped in shades of grey. But how dark things ever get, there is always a light at the end which sparks hope.

‚A Solitary Plan‘, the title track, is the opener of Jäger‘s solo album and it‘s an acoustic start. The song is a very atmospheric one with guitar and vocals creating a unique vibe right away. Instead of the harsh riffs of doom, ‚A Solitary Plan‘ lives by it‘s emotions and the personal touch, Jäger added to each of the seven songs on this record.
With an hypnotic persistence the album continues with ‚It‘s Alright‘ and even if things aren‘t alright you start to believe they are. Then there is ‚The Drone‘, an almost spacey acoustic song with a lot of feel before ‚Goodbye‘ takes over. A melancholic Blues mood characterizes a song about loss and the effect one someone. The tune is written for Monolord bassist Mika and his wife who lost their dog. It impacted Jäger too and the song is a heart-breaking one, with the dog talking to them. Goosebump-feeling.

Far too soon the final track on the release starts the last chapter with ‚The Bitter End‘ being a title that couldn‘t have been chosen much better. It‘s another emotional explosion, addressing a situation of not becoming a parent after having had the wish for starting a family for a long time. The song has an incredible emotional depth and every tone is an expression of heart and soul, transferred into an acoustic framework.

Thomas V. Jäger solo means a totally different musical experience than what he delivers with Monolord. ‚A Solitary Plan‘ is a soulful album that addresses a lot of personal challenges and at the same time tries to mitigate those by singing about it. This album is an outlet for emotional challenges and with all the sadness and grief there is always a spark of hope as well embedded in each of the seven songs. This album impresses by its music and the soulful openness of a musician that unveils his heart. This record is real, from start to finish.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

Label: RidingEasy Records

Genre: Rock

Release Date EU: July 24th, 2020

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