My Indigo by My Indigo

Release date: April 20, 2018
Label: BMG

My Indigo is one of Sharon Den Adel’s solo project that give her a chance to show that she’s more than just the lead singer from Within Temptation and she’s spreading her wings to fly and do something different beyond the progressive and symphonic metal approach. She’s been around with the band for nearly 22 years. Within Temptation have released six albums from 1997 to 2014 and five live albums also from 2003 to 2014.

I first heard Within Temptation’s music back when I was a student at Houston Community College before Spring Break started eight years ago. I watched one of the videos for ‘Ice Queen’ and I was hooked right from the get-go. I bought some of their albums straight away from The Laser’s Edge website. And I still enjoy their music from time to time.

After finishing up their Hydra World Tour on December 23, 2016, the band took a long break as Sharon began to go into the studio to write new material. But then she went through writer’s block. She needed to do something that was beyond the Metal genre and delving deeper of what she was going through during those two years making her own solo project.

Now I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I was about to put the CD on my old portable CD player, but I can remember seven years ago when Within Temptation released their fifth studio album, The Unforgiving back in 2011. The album itself also had some very pop-orientated vibes to it and it showed that Within Temptation wanted to move forward to do something that was beyond the Symphonic Metal structure.

But listening to My Indigo, Sharon comes out fighting as if she is ready to fly into the distance. There will be some fans will have a dividing line in the sand whether they wanted to accept her solo project or not and the same thing with the band moving forward also, but the solo project is a very good release.

You have the opening title-track featuring a classical nylon guitar finger-picking intro as if the listener is waiting for the sun to rise at the right moment before Sharon signs “you don’t have to love me/there’s one thing you should know/my love will not unravel/it’s unconditional, my indigo!” You can hear some of the aspects of the continuation as if Sharon wrote it as a sequel to ‘Shot in the Dark’ in the rhythm with its futuristic electronic new wave ‘80s format.

The mournful trumpet intro done by Teus Nobel on ‘Crash and Burn’ gives us an insight about what is happening while Hip-Hop artist Kevin de Randamie (Blaxtar) does some of the spoken-dialog intro from the speeches from the bible of both Isaiah 40:4 and 40:5 at the end. It has these soulful atmospheres in Adel’s vocals along with some of the snapping fingers and clapping rhythms.

Then you have the riding sections between the keyboards that brings to mind both the styles of Simple Minds and Kate Bush as if the two of them worked together on a project with both Pat Benatar and Talk Talk’s Mark Hollis in the production realm. ‘Star Crossed Lovers’ reminisces Heart’s ‘What About Love?’ done in a Celtic pop sort-of fashion.

The lyrics deal with no matter what the characterizations of the person is going through all the turmoil’s and tribulations of what they went through, it is finally time to stand up and finally bursting out of the doors down. Not matter what the sacrifices are going to be. And it follows the same subject matter on ‘Out of the Darkness’.

Daniel Gibson’s haunting piano sections sets up the issue of being tormented, abused, assaulted, and knowing that is time to say “enough is enough”. After seeing the bluebirds flying, it is time to run away from the darkness and running through the dangerous obstacles you go through, and moving towards the light at the end of the tunnel. And then the instruments and Sharon rise the person out of the ashes and knowing to let them know, it is time to blow the whistle.

My Indigo may not be everyone’s cup of coffee, but Sharon has given the chance to show the fans more than just Within Temptation, and to do something entirely different and beyond from her guest appearances she’s done with Ayreon, Avantasia, Aemen, and Delain to name a few. As I’ve mentioned earlier in my introduction of my review, her solo project is Sharon’s wings to fly.

And I hope that she’ll continue to do more with both her solo project and her work with Within Temptation.

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