CD Review: Troy Baker & Window to the Abbey “Moving Around Bias”

Troy Baker is a multi-layered individual. Many people know Baker from his acting roles as he adds his voice to many different projects of both cartoons and Japanese Anime. Known best for his role as The Joker from various Batman projects as well as many other characters from other animated projects, Baker’s ability as a voice actor keeps him busy with plenty of work. Adding to that already busy schedule, Troy Baker also helps in the production of video games where his voice is used to bring those video game worlds to life.  

You can also find the ever-busy Troy Baker spending time with actor Nolan North as the two men create a video-based blog on YouTube called Retro Replay where the two actors and friends spend time discussing many different topics.  

When not adding his voice to the various projects that take up much of his time, Troy Baker can be found strapping on a guitar. In fact, it was back in 2014 that Baker produced his first album of Alternative Rock. That 2014 album was entitled Sitting in the Fire.

Along with Troy Baker, the rest of the musicians who took part in the project were: Wayne Miller, Jon Titterington, Christopher Wray, AJ Novak, and James Bowen. Consequently, these musicians also helped Baker bring his last release called Sitting in the Fire to life. Together this group of friends creates the project known as Window to the Abbey.  It is this project that helped to produce the newest album from Baker known as Moving Around Bias.

Moving Around Bias from Window to the Abbey begins with the track called “Heads Out”. The keyboard-based track is simply a keyboard intro into the rest of the release. The twenty-four seconds of music lead the listener from the beginning of the album into the second track called “Water Into Wine”.

The second track of “Water Into Wine” begins with the sound of the organ creating a steady pulsing rhythm, When the rest of the instrumentation joins in, the track takes on a musical feel that contains an Alternative/Pop-Rock hybrid feel. As Troy Baker’s vocals show up, the track feels like a blend of Bruno Mars and Prince. The music itself also contains a little Mars flavor because of the R&B influence to go along with the Pop-rock feel. The easy-going feel of the song helps to create a track that would feel right at home on Pop-Rock/Top 40 radio.

After a few tracks of rather laidback musical approaches, Troy Baker and the rest of the musicians pick up the pace and the energy level with the tune “Breakup Song”. The track finds Baker delivering lyrics about where to go after a relationship comes to an end with both energy and conviction. As he sings, the pace of the music picks up as does the energy of the track. To go along with a slightly energetic musical approach, the track also features a section near the end of the track where an entire group of voices form a solid vocals chorus. The resulting Pop-Rock track would easily fit right in on any Top 40 radio format.

The energy level of the music gets a large rise in intensity on the track “Common Ground”. This track seems like the next logical step after the previous track of “Breakup Song” as Baker sings of finding something to build on. With the serious nature of the lyrics on the track, the music also comes with a stronger musical foundation. “Common Ground” contains one of the strongest Rock and Roll approaches of the release. That approach comes from the infectious drumbeat that stretches from the beginning of the track to the end. The guitars in the song are also a lot stronger on this track. In short, “Common Ground” is a strong track that comes with a positive message about finding things you agree on.

Troy Baker and the rest Window to the Abbey keep the energy level up on the next track of “Part Time” while bringing a little Pop-Rock influences back into the music. The track features a musical feel that features a balance of guitar and organ while the lyrics continue the theme of “relationships” which has already appeared on several tracks before this song. With this song, Baker sings about trying to make a relationship work when the couple is only together some of the time. While the subject matter is somewhat of a downer, the track is still one of the best songs on the release.

Much like the lead-off track of “Heads Out” that began the Moving Around Bias release, the song “Unknown Caller” is a strictly instrumental track. The piano-based song contains a light, jazzy feel. Before you know it though, the track is over. The piano helps to separate the song from the previous songs on the release.  

With the song “Something New Under the Sun,” the music returns to a combination of both piano and guitar as the track takes on a sound that brings to mind a lighter version of something that singer-songwriter Bruce Hornsby might have created. “Something New Under the Sun” is a track featuring a slow, easy feel to the music. The lyrics find Troy Baker singing about a man who finds the perfect woman to fill the void in his life and then turns to many years down the road as he looks back at what had been as he remembers what they had before she passed away. The track is perhaps the most beautiful, and easily the most heartbreaking track of the album.

While Moving Around Bias from Window to the Abbey is not a concept album, it’s hard to ignore the theme of relationships that run through many of the songs that make up the fourteen tracks on the release. And through the tracks on the album, you get a wide array of emotions as the songs focus on different aspects of life. Moving Around Bias from Troy Baker and the rest of Window to the Abbey is a release that is solid from the first moment until the last note.

 

For a taste of the music of Troy Baker and the band of Window to the Abbey, check out their song “Breakup Song“. 

To hear the Moving Around Bias release, check out the SPOTIFY account for the album. 

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