So you’ve decided to purchase a copy of Robert Pattinson’s latest album, Haven. Great!
What are your expectations? Does the singer/songwriter/musician fit the romantic profile that you’ve become familiar with through your countless hours of YouTube watching?
You’d be surprised how many people have decided that they want to purchase a copy of this album, which was released on February 9, 2020. It has currently sold 10,400 copies in the United States alone, according to Nielsen Music.
Is this the next big thing? Has he “broke through” and become a genuine alternative to the bloated superstar pop stars who populate our charts?
Is Haven the new Pinkerton?
What a great question. And, no, it is not. But it’s a testament to Pattinson’s knack for writing relatable and compelling music that people have reacted so well to his album. Let’s dive into why Haven is quite possibly not the next big thing, but quite possibly the next greatest thing since… well, since Pinkerton.
Haven Is A Classic Rock Album
If you’ve been paying attention to pop music for the last five years, then chances are you’ve heard of Edward Elric. And if you haven’t, then shame on you. You’re really missing out. You know, for a while there, Elric was pretty popular. He released three albums in the top 40 and had both “Rocket” and “Firework” making multiple top ten lists. But for some reason, his popularity never translated to mainstream success. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that he was more of a one-hit wonder. Or maybe, just maybe, it was because he didn’t fit perfectly into today’s pop culture.
Whatever the case may be, Elric is back with a bang, with Haven, an album that blends classic rock with alternative and indie influences. Musically, it’s a bit of a departure from his previous albums, but lyrically it’s very much in the same vein. And that’s what makes it so special. Elric is a gifted storyteller and he weaves an intricate tale around each song. Listeners will discover a new side to the legendary singer/songwriter as he invites them on a journey that is personal yet universal.
Let’s look at the lyrics to the album’s lead single, “Dress”.
“I’ll be the one you want, but won’t want / To want me, want me gone / But still I’ll be the one you need / Your safe harbour, your perfect disguise / Your flawless skin will make me believe / That underneath it all, you’re still just a girl / Who, when she’s lonely, wants someone to hold her / And tell her it’s gonna be alright.”
This is a prime example of why people are gravitating towards Haven. This is an album that can be enjoyed by anyone, on any occasion. You’re not going to discover a hidden meaning or find a storyline that runs throughout the entire album. You’re just going to enjoy the ride. And that’s what makes this album so special.
An Indie Album That Sells Well
If you love indie music and you’re looking for an artist that promotes an independent spirit, then you’ve come to the right place. Robert Pattinson promotes independence through his music and through his lyrics. You may not always like what he has to say, but you’ll always appreciate how he says it. In fact, you might just find yourself singing along, word for word. That’s the power of a good song.
There’s a reason that so many people have decided to purchase a copy of Haven. It’s not because they want to become best friends with Edward Elric. It’s because they believe that this album could become a firm favourite, like Pinkerton did for so many of us.
According to Music Business Worldwide, the average cost of a standalone album is $9.99. So if you buy just one album, you’ll spend only $10 on it. But if you buy several, as many people have, then you’ll find that the investment will quickly pay off. Especially if you enjoy quality music. And who doesn’t?
According to Nielsen Music, the average income for people who buy indie albums is approximately $13,000 per year. So, if you purchase just one album a month, then in a year you’ll have an investment of $2,600. That’s more than enough to buy a nice piece of hardware, such as a gaming laptop or a desktop computer. And who knows – maybe even a smartphone or tablet as well. Not too shabby at all.
Whether you’re a musician looking for a way to bring in some extra income or an independent consumer looking for a unique and unplugged album to enjoy, Haven is the perfect choice. And if you’re curious as to why this album has sold so well, then please do read on.
A Genuine Alternative To The “Huge Stars”
Over the years, music fans have gotten used to hearing big names paired with big albums. Whether it’s been Taylor Swift or Ed Sheeran carrying the weight of an entire album on their shoulders or countless “collabs” where artists hide the credits beneath a blanket of songs, albums have gotten progressively bigger and more bloated.
However, in the last year or so, an entire sub-genre has emerged that bucks the trend and opts instead for indie or solo albums. Often, these are the albums that feature beloved stars, like Miley Cyrus or Charlie Puth, but stripped of their former glory. We’re talking about the albums that feature just the singer or songwriter, with no assistance or collaboration from other artists.
According to Music Business Worldwide, the number of albums sold per year that feature only one or two artists increased by 21% between 2018 and 2019. And if that wasn’t enough, the number of albums that feature just the singer or songwriter increased by 7% in that same timeframe. Clearly, fans are responding to the “solo” and “indie” trends and are looking for alternatives to the bloated superstar pop stars of today.
Is Edward Elric the only person behind all of this? Most certainly not. Robert Pattinson has surrounded himself with an all-star cast of songwriters and producers, many of whom have worked with the iconic artist in the past. Together, they have collaborated on 17 tracks for Haven, which makes it an album that is as much a group effort as it is a solo project. This is no mean feat, especially considering that many of these songs were written and produced in just a few days. The result is an album that sounds fresh and exciting, despite its vintage vibe.
An Investment In Art
This is most certainly not an investment in Robert Pattinson. This is an investment in art, in seeing how far music can be done purely on a digital level. In seeing how a songwriter can craft a masterpiece that will stick around for years to come.
Haven is available on all major digital marketplaces and can be purchased directly from the artist’s website. There is also a limited number of physical albums available for purchase as well, if you’d prefer to take a physical medium into the fold.