As a music critic, I’ve had the misfortune of having to cover a lot of artists who simply don’t know how to make a cohesive full length album. They’ve got the songwriting chops to make a single, sometimes even enough material to put together a decent extended play, but when it comes to getting into the studio and grinding out a complete album without employing previously used formulas, adding filler and glossing over the cheaper corners can be a next to impossible task for them.
Why? It really comes down to songwriting maturity, depth of artistry, and where an artist puts their own aesthetical limits. “Somebody’s Watching” sneaks up on us as “Crack of Dawn” comes to a winding close, and while its explosive entrance is jarring, it doesn’t feel out of place or choppy next to what we’ve just listened to. We aren’t in a hurry, but at the same time we aren’t dragging from one theme to the next. Everything feels like it’s maintaining the same prose, the same emotional tempo that the opening track laid out for us, even if it is a completely different set of harmonies that are being distributed to us.