“Albert Hammond, Jr.” is an indie pop/rock artist from Los Angeles, California. He plays the guitar and his favourite guitar instruments are Fender Stratocaster and Gibson Les Paul. He is also a guitarist of indie rock band, The Strokes. When he’s with The Strokes, he often plays the rhythm guitar. As he ventures into his side project solo career, he still plays the similar musical soundscape as The Strokes, a bit of garage and indie pop rock.

Como Te Llama opens with a very guitar-oriented “Bargain Of A Century”. The beginning few seconds, i can hear the bass as if it’s running on a open field. Once the music catches on, you can hear the banjo beginning to play. When Albert Hammond, Jr. takes the stage, he sings in an energy-less voice. The guitar did a very good job in helping out this track. Well, this is how Albert Hammod, Jr. sings right? Very similar to the style of Julian Casablancas. 🙂

“In My Room” is a more lively track. The beginning guitar shows some rocking sense. Albert Hammond, Jr. will sing, and the guitar will follow, complementing each other. From here, the music rhythm also shows some similarities to the music of The Strokes. When the chorus comes, Albert goes, “I miss you already…” The second verse of In My Room carries a more lively and energetic approach, and then the whole track just follow through. The ending 30 seconds you can also hear some sounds of organ jamming with the sounds of guitars. A great way to end! 😀

“Lisa” has a steady beginning where you can hear the music getting fuller as the seconds go by. It starts off with drums, and then followed by a groovy bass line, next is the guitar which sounds like it’s playing in an overlapping loop. A few seconds after Albert Hammond, Jr. enters for the verse, the piano just come with a four-note sound that blends in very well with Lisa. It’s very cute to hear the piano keeps doing that throughout the track. Lisa has its moments where the guitars and piano sound really catchy. During the break, violin comes in and sort of transforms Lisa from a catchy tune to an emotional tune. I would say this track is like eating you slowly… Really sweet and cute here! 😉

“GfC” sounds very cute at the beginning with the trademark guitar work by Albert Hammond, Jr. And when the chorus comes, i like the bass that is going on in the background as Albert keeps singing. The verse of GfC builds the tempo and the pace, and only shows Albert’s shouts and screams in the chorus. After the second chorus, the guitar solo can be heard before GfC ends in a similar way as it opens. This is really good! 🙂

“The Boss Americana” begins with heavy and slow guitar work before Albert Hammond, Jr. comes in at the verse. This song is kind of loud compared to the previous four songs. The guitar riff in the verse has some 90s elements in it which recalls me of rock songs from the 90s. The chorus in contrast, is softer where Albert goes, “I won’t know, if i won’t ask you to stay, would you let me go, and i will have your way….” The rhythm guitar in the background really resembles to those of The Strokes, you would accidentally think that this track is performed by The Strokes if you didn’t look at the artist behind this track. 🙂

The first few seconds of “Rocket” will have you think that this is going to be an explosive track. When the march-like drums come in, Albert Hammond, Jr. just goes on repeating, “Oh my rocket…” At some points throughout this track, some howls can be heard here and there. Before the second verse, the guitar pluckings that come in is really good. It stands out from the rhythm and music. This song is sort of draggy and slow, like a slow rock track. 🙂

“Victory At Monterey” has a very groovy bassline accompanied by some space-like soundscape. When the chorus comes, the guitar and bass work like bread and butter. It just gives an impression that Victory At Monterey is shifting into another gear and at a different speed level. The bass in this track is sexy as well, after a while, you would think that you’re listening to some dance/electronic track in a club. It makes you want to get up and dance. Victory At Monterey is a track that deems not to be missed, Albert Hammond, Jr. just hit you with this music piece. Wish i can have more of this… 🙂

“You Won’t Be Fooled By This” is a track that has clear guitar riffs. The singing of Albert Hammond, Jr. is often than not, drown out by the sound of the guitar. The echoic guitar is very consistent from start to finish. Only in the chorus, where Albert goes on a repetitive mode, “You won’t be fooled by this…”, the music changes slightly where the guitar strums into another note which sounds much lighter. Violin also creates a special appearance in the second chorus and in the last 30 seconds, the group howling is really something that stands out in You Won’t Be Fooled By This. Love the ending! 😉

“Spooky Couch” is an over seven minutes long instrumental track. It has a dreamland soundscape that would make you think as if you’re in a dream world. The guitar in this track just comes in on and off as the track flows through. Spooky Couch doesn’t sound like what the title suggest, for me it’s just plain gorgeous. 🙂 Sean Lennon is a featured guest on this track where he plays the piano. All together, they make Spooky Couch one of the most beautiful tracks on the album. The remaining 1:30 minutes will just blow you away, so be really indulged with Spooky Couch. A surprise by Albert Hammond, Jr. Soothingly beautiful! 😀

“Borrowed Time” is a reggae-ish track, bringing you the atmosphere and feeling of the beautiful Hawaiian island. The keyboards in this track just work closely with the guitar, creating a unique sound between them. When the chorus comes, the track just turn up the tempo and Albert Hammond, Jr. just howls and moans. Without much singing, Borrowed Time is just another fine track. 🙂

“G Up” has it going on with the guitar work that really resembles The Strokes’. Even the way Albert Hammond, Jr. sings just keeps reminding me of The Strokes. The guitar in this track hardly stops and rests, it just keeps playing in a very consistent manner. I pay more attention to the music and rhythm of this track rather than the singing of Albert. If you listen carefully, the guitar on this track sounds like a fast version of a reggae guitar. Fierce yet soft. 🙂

“Miss Myrtle” has really good guitar sound. It lets you chill to the music itself. As Albert Hammond, Jr. sings, the guitar just helps Albert out with the repetitive strum of the guitar. The process of it is really good. As the chorus comes, the whole track just gets louder and the guitar riff that you first hear in the beginning just comes back and follows Albert’s singing. It’s simple, but really good. A happy track for anyone wanting to brighten up their day. 😀

“Feed Me Jack Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Peter Sellers” is the last track on Como Te Llama. Albert Hammond, Jr. decideds to have a ballad to close the album. This track starts off with piano and soon joined by violin as Albert sings on. Perhaps this is the track that we see Albert sings with his heart and passionately. As it gets nearer to the end, Albert screams as the music plays on and fades. Just another way to end the night. 😉



Source by Darren Tan