White Tail Falls Age of Entitlement Album Review
The Hoosiers are one of my all-time favorite bands as their songs have helped me through a lot. So, when I heard the lead singer Irwin Sparkles was going solo under the title White Tail Falls, I was over the moon with excitement.
On Friday, May 29th White Tails Falls debut album Age of Entitlement was released. A powerful and emotional album that will leave you shedding a tear.
“I could end it all, just a shift of body weight, sun rising as I fall from the top of the Golden Gate.” The opening lines to album opener Body Weight. Irwin isn’t subtle with messages in this anti-suicide track. Body Weight beautifully celebrates the reasons, not the follow-through, and how there are many threads that when snapped could lead to that mindset.
Fake News follows as Irwin’s angelic vocals soothe the ears as he whispers to us the concerns of media propaganda. That, however, is only the surface-level of this track as at the heart it’s about false hopes and promises we’re fed. The gentle guitar complements the vocals perfectly. The instrumental outro is something I could listen to on repeat.
Addiction, it’s something many artists write about but I’ve never seen it done the way White Tail Falls do. Give It Up, Son tackles addiction not from the POV of the sufferer but the POV of a concerned party of the sufferer. The addition of strings on this track adds to the haunting, claustrophobic addiction has. Irwin’s dad also features on piano.
Other Kind of Guy is a breezy easy-going track that holds a deeper darker meaning. The acoustic-esque guitars make for some easy listening while the lyrics contrast that easy-going attitude. The track deals with comparing yourself to the ideal image someone else. This transitions into the R&B strung Devout. The track takes a Twenty One Pilot approach examining the idea of two conflicting sides of the same personality in a way that gives the artist the freedom they haven’t felt anywhere before.
The Trouble with Difficulty (Is It’s Very Problematic) sees Age of Entitlement take a break with an instrumental interlude. This interlude doesn’t quite blend and I feel like that was the point a musical representation of life, it’s never polished and perfectly blended. Age of Entitlement, the title track is a beautifully sweet, yet haunting track that talks to the younger generations without talking down to them. Here Irwin in pop wonder explores the expectation of success and celebrity in the social media age.
Procreation is a hotly thorny topic to navigate but White Tail Falls takes us on that journey in a haunting and thought-provoking way. Disintegrate shows us the weight everyone carries on their shoulders without even realizing it. The power to continue a bloodline or bring it to extinction. Only Getting Easier is a perfect companion piece to album opener Body Weight. A track about someone trapped in a cycle of habitual wrong-doing, with uplifting vocals and 60s styled guitars. There are ways out of these cycles at a price, that some are unwilling to pay.
Age of Entitlement concludes with Rome’s Already Fallen. Here Irwin lets the orchestra loose, powered by the piano for an incredibly emotional ending. The instrumentals steal the show on the final track which sees Irwin explore the aftermath of blowing your temper. The wave of regret of being unable to return to how things were and unsaying things you didn’t mean. The officially ends with a hauntingly beautiful instrumental of Disintegrate (Reprise).
Age of Entitlement is a therapy session in an album. Irwin shares some hard-hitting moments with honesty, empathy, and passion. This, however, isn’t just therapy for Irwin, similar to Hayley Williams solo album, it’s a therapy for the listener. These are albums where you and the artist can finally open up. White Tail Falls will remind you of the power music has and why music shouldn’t be taken for granted.
Age of Entitlement is a therapy session in an album.