Starting of with his title track feels like it is giving you a middle of the road feel of what you are going to be hearing for the next eleven songs on the album. Starting off with an orchestrated sound, building with a mix of electric and orchestrated, and then drops his beat leaving the violins to play in the background of the rest of the song. The vocals also give of a Justin Timberlake feel. "The Future" brings the synth and bass on nice and heavy and his vocals time travel backwards feeling directly inspired by Michael Jackson (Yes, Justin Timberlake also takes a lot of inspiration from Michael Jackson). This song brings a lot to the table and almost feels too busy but everything is organized so well within the song that it might be the best crafted one on this album.
We are then greeted with a Homework age Daft Punk style synth bass-lines but nothing that parts away from Dubac's own style which is called "Paralyzed". This is a great song but sadly I think it is great mainly because of the Daft Punk influence and seems to lose a lot of its momentum when it goes away from it. But the second you start feeling a little lulled from the ending of "Paralyzed", "Hellbent" comes up with a lighter but quicker feel to stir you up. Having Snowblood echo his vocals is a great touch that is the icing on the cake for this song. The next song "Fantasy" gets more into a moody groove with a some funk guitar but the song as a hole doesn't feel as creative as most other songs on the album. "Ghost" also feels pretty simple but creatively it keeps you interested and is one of the more laid back while still being a good song to groove and to my surprise neck and neck with "Magic" for favourite song on the album. "Magic" starts of almost sounding like a Jackson Five song but the second Dubac starts singing you know this is going to be the best love song on the album. I think Magic also does what "Ghost" did while stepping up the funk a little more. I think I wish "Fantasy went this route a little more but I can't blame him for trying to keep each song different. "Number 1" feels more like it actually was a Jackson Five but Dubac just added a little bit of a modern touch to it and redid the vocals in his voice. While I wouldn't mind him making more of these Jackson Five type songs I would have liked the songs to just contain some influence instead of directly sounding like something that could have been made by them.
"When I'm With You" is a good example of the level of influence I wanted in "Number 1" but this time the influence being Discovery age Daft Punk. The song definitely feels like it was created and crafted by Dubac but you can work out the influences when you listen for them. Time for the R&B and Funk influence to take the lead on "Body High", with Dubac's vocal being the largest and greatest part of this song. Dubac's vocals like all vocalist can be the centre piece of every band and "Body High" is probably the one song where this is most true. Now for the final song on the album we have "Every Note" to close us out. For some reason just reading the title I know it is the last song on the album. I think "Every Note" is has to tie "The Future" for best crafted song on the album, it feels like it is on a complete different page from the rest of the album. I get a the same feeling from this song as the final song that leads to the end credits in a movie.
Forever is the Mystery Skulls' first album and Luis Dubac has created a set of creative and well crafted songs that show a quality much higher then expected from a first timer doing it on his own. Even the track order couldn't have been done any better. While I talked a lot about influences in this review I think in most cases they were only used as a stepping stone to get to what he wanted to make and Dubac kept things fresh and kept my head bobbing through most of the album. Mystery Skulls is one of my go to comfort bands when I just need something to get me through a part of the day.