Written By: Aaron Snyder
Tom Goss has a pretty interesting sound that has hit some semblance of commercial success. After having a few of his music videos professionally produced by MTV and played on Logo. His music tends to be queer focused, telling stories about gay men. His newest album, “What Doesn’t Break” is really upbeat on the whole, and on some levels his voice is really reminiscent of the lead singer from the Magnetic Zeros with a deep, along speaking monotone in some of the songs. The album seems to be dominated by guitar-y folky songs that are underlined by electronic beats.
One of my favorite lines that I found was from the song “Wake Alive”. “Find the time and means to tell your story/Cause In the end it’s all that will live on/When you see your brothers fall/Help them, help him up”. It’s vastly different from what most mainstream gay singers are playing, which makes it refreshing.
The music has a really unique style that I haven’t heard much in recent years. Many of the songs feel like they are going to break into something reminiscent of My Chemical Romance (especially in “Thirteen”) ‘til you get hit in the face with some dubstep bass drop. It was hard for me to digest at first, but in the end I think that I enjoyed the mixture. It’s nicely polished, and it was assimilated well, in a way that wasn’t incredibly discordant as was my worry for about 15 seconds. “Holes in the Wall” is another great example of this folk/electronic mix.
That doesn’t mean the entire album is a hit. “Someone Else” is a bit cliché (and literally full of break-up clichés). Even then, it’s not unlistenable but just not really polished or innovative like a lot of the rest of the album is. The album kind of suffers for that as well. It seems that many of the songs are very discordant with each other. Is it pop-punk? Is it Electronica? Am I listening to Blue October? Just tell me!
Though the album itself falls prey to what I feel a lot of gay men’s music does, the over clichéd “Everyone HATES ME IT’S ME AGAINST THE WORLD”, this album is still worth a listen. I look forward to seeing how Tom Goss changes with this new infusion of electronic beats into his music. Though it’s an accurate thing (cause straight people are the worst sometimes), I don’t want all my music to be about it all the time.
That being said, take the time, give it a listen. Do something else. Let it play in the background. You won’t be sorry. Probably.