Album Review: You Will Never Know Why — Sweet Trip
‘You Will Never Know Why’ by Sweet Trip is a record that was released in 2009 that hasn’t received nearly as much praise as it deserves. It has many great qualities, all of which I’ll go over, starting with the songwriting. With lyrics centered around concepts such as unrequited love, always following your passions, and more, this project is very easy to fall in love with off of first listen. Lines such as ‘I will never fall in love again’ sang loudly and passionately over the mix after a melodic, layered beat disperses into nothingness never ceases to amaze me, and the lines ‘Soon enough, you’re dead/You can’t pretend/You can’t deny’ are among my favorite lyrics from any song. This fantastic songwriting apparent throughout the entirety of the album is accompanied by beautiful vocal performances from the two singers of the band, always singing from a place derived of genuinety and emotion, which makes it even more catchy as well as hard-hitting. Moreover, the production on this album is also great front to back. It has a dreamy, hypnotic vibe, and the listener often finds themself lost in the music, as the meticulous mixing, angelic vocals, and psychedelic vibe sweep you away. Layers are constantly being added and the beats are always evolving, but the band is deliberate in making sure every noise they bring is natural and unforced, as each sound segues into the next. While the overall aesthetic of this record is melancholy, I can’t help but get a sense of warmth and reassurance when listening to it, as the band members sing incredibly sad, cynical lines in such a happy way over production that occasionally features colorful synths and vibrant keys. Beyond it’s generally gloomy sound and hypnotic feel, there’s a lot more to appreciate if you don’t get swept away in its entrancing current. While it’s equally easy as it is enjoyable to zone-off while listening to this project, it’s important to experience it without letting a single sound pass you by, because the complexities and hidden beauties beneath the surface level somber atmosphere is what truly makes this album beautiful.