Hybrid ‎– Light Of The Fearless

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We Are Fearless 6:19
Hold Your Breath 4:41
Superpower 4:27
Down To The Wire 5:37
Usual Rules 4:18
Light Up 6:07
Beauty Queen 4:51
Shaking 4:39
Long Time Coming 4:34
I Won't Back Down 7:57

Versions (5)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
DISN245 Hybrid Light Of The Fearless(10xFile, WAV, Album) Distinct'ive Records DISN245 UK 2018
DISN245 Hybrid Light Of The Fearless(CD, Album) Distinct'ive Records DISN245 UK 2018 Sell This Version
none Hybrid Light Of The Fearless(CD, Album + 3xCD + CD, Single + Box, Ltd, S/Editio) Distinct'ive Records none UK 2018 Sell This Version
none Hybrid Light Of The Fearless(11xFile, WAV, 24 + 10xFile, WAV, Album, 24 + 10x) Distinct'ive Records none UK 2019 Sell This Version
DISN244 Hybrid Light Of The Fearless(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Red) Distinct'ive Records DISN244 UK 2019 Sell This Version

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AnimusTheNerd

AnimusTheNerd

March 22, 2021
edited 8 months ago
referencing Light Of The Fearless, CD, Album + 3xCD + CD, Single + Box, Ltd, S/Editio, none

For anyone interested, the box set is still up for sale on the Distinctive website as of March 2021 - don't pay any crazy prices!
ChrisGClark

ChrisGClark

September 28, 2018
referencing Light Of The Fearless, 10xFile, WAV, Album, DISN245
nice music, no vinyl...... WTF is with that in 2018!
Trisska

Trisska

July 29, 2018
edited over 3 years ago
referencing Light Of The Fearless, 10xFile, WAV, Album, DISN245

DaddyGreenJeans touched on practically every aspect of the album that I thought of as well. As a hardcore fan of Hybrid, I've always appreciated the audio engineering and technically prowess of their music; ever since the release of Morning Sci-Fi in 2003. While I was slightly worried that this was going to end up being a drum 'n bass album, I still had faith that the two would somehow pull it off and leave me feeling like I had just experienced an epic journey in music. In fact, now that I’ve heard the album, I would’ve totally been down with a DnB album. The amount of music was there, the ‘quality’ of the music was certainly there, and even the great lyrical composition was there, but it ultimately felt flat. It felt like a regular movie score. The thing I’ve noticed about electronic music is that orchestral elements that are used to compliment a track can, almost always, make it sound timeless. Some of my favorite Hybrid remixes are great examples of this (Man On Fire, You Can Save Her, Prince Caspian). But when your sound consists almost entirely of sweeping strings, it’s gonna be hard to find something interesting in it. Scores for JRPGs automatically come to mind.

I think that’s why "Light Up" and "We Are Fearless" really are the best tracks here because they both remind me of the excitement I have when listening to a Hybrid track. The incredibly dynamic bass, sophisticated sound effects, and beat change half way through "We Are Fearless" makes it fit easily into Hybrid's epic collage of music. “Long Time Coming” almost made it there too but ultimately fell short as it seemed like it was missing an epic finale and the cover of “I Won’t Back Down,” wasn't half bad either. I think the most impressive aspect of the album though has to be the message of positivity and personal empowerment in the lyrics. In that regard, each song has weight and fills a unique void in our ever-growingly pessimistic universe; not unlike my critical review... Haha! Anyway, fingers-crossed for some bad ass Hybrid remixes! ;)
256Pi

256Pi

July 28, 2018
edited over 3 years ago
referencing Light Of The Fearless, 10xFile, WAV, Album, DISN245

I disagree with the previous reviewer. I will admit this album is different from anything they'd done previously, and I can kinda see why people say Charlotte Truman has kind of "stolen" the band if you want to call it that and kind of made the project her own at this point. But just because it's different doesn't make it bad. I think for what it is this is excellent stuff, I really enjoy Charlotte's presence all over the album, I think basically every track is really catchy and fun to listen to and I think the sound design is incredible. (And I would only agree Charlotte "stole" the band if we mean in the context of stealing the show, but whatever.)
I also disagree that this doesn't sound like Hybrid anymore. I mean, we have gotten pretty far removed from Wide Angle, but this is not that far away from Disappear Here, that also showed a bit of a turn towards this kind of more songwriterly style. But the huge orchestras and amazing detailed sound design are still totally here. If something like "Beauty Queen" which was like a straight rock/pop track put people off, there's still stuff like "Long Time Coming" and "I Won't Back Down" which are kind of more traditional Hybrid style a bit more. The album is definitely happier and more optimistic than any previous stuff, but it still very much sounds like Hybrid to me.
I dunno, I can understand why some people aren't drawn to it, I also would love something more like Wide Angle again, but I still think this is awesome and people ought to give it a chance; I'd rather Hybrid evolve than get stuck doing the same stuff over again. And if nothing else at least check out the single "Light Up", probably the best track on the album and one of Hybrid's best singles ever.
MindAlteringMoments

MindAlteringMoments

July 26, 2018
edited over 3 years ago
referencing Light Of The Fearless, 10xFile, WAV, Album, DISN245

Let me start by saying ive been listening to Hybrid since the beginning and am a huge fan. My opinion is nothing more than that. An opinion... Take it with a grain of salt if you want.
It comes with heavy heart to say but this album is the end of the Hybrid we grew to know and love. Sure, they've created a more polished and fine tuned album here but seriously lacking that indistinguishable sound design you could instantly recognize as Hybrid. The departure of Chris Healings can truly be felt here with that... In fact, we might as well call this "The Charlotte James Truman Band" because most all of tracks are very heavily band influenced with vocals and dare I say subtle arrangements. No insane electronic tracks with complex breakdowns or 'drops' that really caught me off guard and made me say "wow". No dark and twisted mind bending sculpted electronic tracks at all really... There is still that overall beauty and lush feeling with the Prague Orchestra providing beautiful strings and compositions on a majority of the tracks.
I will say they've gone above and beyond releasing this as an album, instrumentals, and in 5.1 Dolby but beyond that, it's a mediocre album at best. Will be interested in hearing the instrumentals with (hopefully) alternative mixes.

RIP Hybrid