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You Don’t Fit In But You Belong by Ete AhPing (Album Review)

Ete AhPing has a knack for creating beautiful melodies. The singer and songwriter from Utah is often noted for his crisp and organic pop/rock songs that seek to inspire and uplift people from all walks of life. His new album entitled You Don’t Fit In But You Belong is a stirring collection of songs that prove to complement Ete’s ever-evolving musical genius. Ete’s latest effort is in stride with his creative burst that has resulted in such epic albums like Blind and Everything will Work Out In The End.

You Don’t Fit In But You Belong is comprised of ten incredible tracks that unveil Ete’s inventiveness. The album has a grassroots vibe and makes elegant use of acoustic instrumentation. Ete has a warm voice that draws off of the album’s structure and serves as a foundation for his moving lyricism.

The album opens with the track For The First Time In A Long Time. This song is a beautiful acoustic guitar melody that easily charms the heart of the listener. Ete’s sincere vocal performance and bright landscape that he casts of a life renewed through purpose is simply marvelous. The dreamy I Just Want To Be Loved follows. The track’s unorthodox structure is memorable. The song opens up with a muffled voice over a raw piano measure, which quickly transitions into a smooth groove.

You Don’t Fit In But You Belong continues its invigorating journey with the stunning You Put Your Arms Around Me. Ete is able to create a song that easily stirs up visuals of embrace with clear vocals and larger than life harmonics. Coupled with a guest appearance by Gussie, You Put Your Arms Around Me is truly magical. Ghosts continue with a similar vibe. Don’t let the title fool you. Ghosts covers the topic of letting go of what isn’t useful after the “ghosts” are gone. The song is comprised of a mouthwatering recipe of acoustic guitar, piano, synth, and an epic bassline. Ghosts elevating chorus near its conclusion, fueled by Ete and a few other guest artists, is equally transcending.

In synch with themes of reassurance, The Battle (Everything Is Going To Be Alright) is a great example of the album’s continuity and promise. The song possesses some excelling percussion and a nice rhythm guitar lead. It is good to hear Ete adjust his cadence to ride perfectly with the song’s rhythm. You Don’t Fit In But You Belong straddles a more cutting-edge rock frontier with seW. The tune displays some very strong electric guitar riffs that work well with Ete’s spectacular vocal performance. seW carries a light touch of psychedelia, but it greatly to fosters the song’s poetic lyricism.

One And Only stirs up a slew of emotions with its enchanting guitar lead and bassline. The song is an instant favorite. The track has some deep atmospheric layers while covering thoughts of love’s complexities. One And Only is one of the gems in You Don’t Fit In But You Belong’s big treasure chest. Ete’s progression of chords is heard aloud with the spirited and riveting Young Child. The song takes note of a youth’s individual uniqueness that could serve as the catalyst for them growing into their own and standing up against peer pressure. It is within this principle that we find Young Child’s production stands out as the album’s only dance track.

Ete brings You Don’t Fit In But You Belong to its conclusion with Stay and I Just Want To Get Through This. Stay captures a very hopeful perspective that is accentuated by some striking percussion, vocalizations, and a really inviting musical landscape. I Just Want To Get Through This makes clever use of a hypnotic groove while its content centers on getting through a challenging relationship.

You Don’t Fit In But You Belong by Ete is one of pop music’s masterpieces and demonstrates an amazing approach to music theory and song. Not only does the album take us to the universe residing in each of us, but provides a sonic guide that can enable us to overcome inner and outer adversity. You Don’t Fit In But You Belong is truly an artistic endeavor of the ages; even the song titles when combined together convey a message. Ete has by example proven how far a good heart can travel.

 

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