Aurora: the concept album taking fans by storm

For fans of the Daisy Jones and the Six , the album Aurora has been highly anticipated....

Sarah Tunstall
14th March 2023
An attempted love-child album of Bob Dylan, The Eagles, and Fleetwood Mac, the concept album we’ve all been waiting for since Daisy Jones and the Six’s release in 2019.

Since reading the book when it was released, I’ve had in my mind the entire album written out and scored. This was something I tried to not bring too close to my mind when listening to the album for the first time. Given this… I was still admittedly a little disappointed.

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First, the order. When I listen to a new album, I’m the sort of person who hyper-focuses on the way the songs are laid out and really appreciates it if it’s done well and tells a story. 

Aurora in the novel was this big, extraordinary album with a story across each song and across the layout. I’m afraid to ask though, where was it in this? There was no seam between the songs, and the beginning of the album, especially before the middle ('Look at Us Now - Honeycomb') felt heavily disjointed. It felt as if they were trying to cover all significant subgenres of the 70s within the first 20 minutes. Let’s have Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, The Doors, and Bob Dylan all mushed into something that doesn’t flow. 

There was no seam between the songs, and the beginning of the album, especially before the middle felt heavily disjointed

The songs themselves, however, outside of this disjointed layout were very good. Admittedly had me flinging myself around the living room as if I’d entered a Stevie Nicks music video. Big skirts, long cardigans, fully feeling that moment as Daisy Jones. I could tell there was more thought over some than there were the others but the whole general concept of lyricism was very much what I had in mind with the plotline of Billy and Daisy writing it between them. 

My favourite songs of the album (ranked just as they appear) were: 'Let Me Down Easy', 'Look at Us Now (Honeycomb)', 'Regret Me, Please', and 'The River'. If you listen to these songs individually, you’d tell I’m a massive fan of Fleetwood Mac/70s folk-rock. As far as I’m aware, they sampled 'The Chain' for 'Look at Us Now (Honeycomb)' as well, because you can hear the famous guitar solo within the bridge. I’m most excited, outside of listening to the album, about seeing them come to life on the show and really immersing myself in the fictional story of Daisy Jones. 

Big skirts, long cardigans, fully feeling that moment as Daisy Jones

Though the album, unfortunately, didn’t live up to full expectations, and if it came from the 1970s itself, I would sit here questioning its musical ability, I’d still give it a solid 7/10. There are other songs consistently released with the episodes outside of the album and so far, these live up to a similar ability as Aurora. Though some are disappointing, I highly commend and appreciate all the thought that went into these songs, making the whole experience feel legitimate. As a great lover of the book for four years now, it’s really made my 2023 hearing these songs come to life. 

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