Reviewed – Alkanes – Make It Right.

Release Date – 21/2/20

Rating – 3/5

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Scottish duo Alkanes have released a flurry of singles in the last year, with the latest of which being Make It Right. Following December’s Death Or Glory, “Make It Right” is drastically different in the mood with an extremely personal and harrowing subject matter. The song explores the relationship frontman Dale Sutherland had with his father and the steps taken to improve their relationship before his passing. While it has many similarities to their previous releases, the band manages to push their boundaries here in terms of emotional depth.

The ability to write such an incredibly personal and open song and release it to the world is not something that should be understated, and Alkanes deserve credit where it’s due. That said, the end product leaves much to be desired. The song, much like its predecessor Death Or Glory, opens with, and heavily features, a bouncing guitar riff. It’s relatively simple and serves a purpose, but does get rather repetitive in a song that comes in at just under five minutes. The vocal style is typical of what fans have come to expect from the band, with the verses being semi-sung, semi-wailed, leading to a strong, emotional delivery in the choruses. Given the subject matter and mood, this style works well, although the muddy texture in the verses means the vocals struggle to be heard above the guitars. The texture does feel stagnant at times and could benefit from something in the higher frequencies.

The most interesting part of the song is the middle eight, which sees a variation of the main riff and an unexpected but well-executed scream. This is followed by a refreshing change in texture, dropping to just vocals and palm-muted guitar. This progression is just what the song needs at this point, before storming into a final chorus.

Make It Right shows that Alkanes are confident in their style while continuing to develop and grow, adding new and exciting elements with every release. Yet despite this, it seems they are still very much learning. This single doesn’t quite hit the mark, as if something is missing. For all the positives, it feels rather flat in places, lacking a spark. However, creating a song of such a deep, personal nature couldn’t have been easy, and respect is due there.

Review by Will Cooper

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