Features twelve nuggets of heart-pounding, reel-you-in storytelling combined with enticing musical nectar. Blue Army's debut album exhibits rollicking guitars and instrumentation wonderfully coupled with its unique vitality, exuberance and subtle nostalgia. On their debut, Blue Army plumbs its imagination for tales of murdered lovers ("Subway Girl") betrayal (“Acrylic Afternoons”), finding hope on the brink of hopelessness ("It’s a Wonderful Life"), apprehension and uncertainty in facing the an uncertain future (“The End of the World”) underlined with apocalyptic undertones that, although seemingly dark and melancholic, offers a light of hope in the face of looming despair (as exhibited in the title track, “Beauty Will Save the World”). You will find yourself singing along even though you've never heard these songs before. Neven, frontman and songsmith of this outfit, is obviously a canny student of ‘kitchen-sink-drama’; the total effect of this album is a cinematic storybook, but one made irresistible by skillful, catchy songs. Blue Army expertly synthesizes electronic and organic instrumentation and allows the listening audience to ascend to ecstatic heights through heart-pumping anthems as well as explore the pits of despair in bittersweet haunting melodies. Phrases turn, emotions connect and melodies soar in a wonderful marriage of word and sound. Life & Death, Heaven and Hell, Good and Evil and all things in-between are all cleverly portrayed within the beautifully crafted lyrics and melodies of this Blue Army. As it is, Beauty Will Save the World is just that – sonically beautiful - and it brings new life and freshness to today's rock/pop scene.
Neven is frontman and songwriter of Blue Army, a musical project he had initiated in 2010. He is also a poet, visual artist, and writer. He grew up in Astoria, Queens and had lived there for most of his life, drawing inspiration from life as well as from his urban and multi-cultural surroundings. Musically, Neven exhibits a wide variety of expressions; from Chamber-Pop to New Wave, from guitar driven Post-Punk Revival to keyboard-driven Synth Pop and hints of Euro-Disco. If anything, he is a bit of a musical polyglot; never to be constrained to a single genre or musical expression.
His lyrical influences are just as broad as his music. From dime-store novels to the Bible.
Neven plans to continue writing songs until they nail his coffin shut.