Album Review: David Duchovny’s “Every Third Thought”
Actor turned musician David Duchovny returns with his second solo album, Every Third Thought, a collection of alternative rocking tracks that show Duchovny is expanding his sound, lyrics, and voice. The X Files/Californication actor proves there’s more to him than just chasing aliens and women on T.V.
It’s been a busy year for David Duchovny: finishing up the latest season of the X Files (currently airing on FOX), finishing up his latest book Miss Subway, and now releasing his second studio effort Every Third Thought, followed by a tour of Australia. The album is a follow up to his 2015 debut Hell or Highwater and it shows the actor isn’t doing music ‘just because.’ The songs are musically driven by a talented backing band, lyrically charged by Duchovny’s heartfelt poetry, and a production that makes you want to turn up the album and cruise with the windows down.
The album starts off with a fuzzed out, dissonant, guitar riff on “Half Life” that gives way to Duchovny’s smooth vocals and acoustic guitar with some minor feedback. The track’s catchy refrain of “Unconditional love decays / Only fossilized hearts can break / Every piece is indivisible” illuminates Duchovny’s skill as a lyricist. The album then goes on to the title track “Every Third Thought” which is another rocker but another track with lyrics that deal with obsession (somewhat) and pondering when one will change.
The album’s lyrics deal with many topics relating to spiritual aspects and religion, love, and loss. Songs like “Jericho” which addresses a conversation between Duchovny and his father, “Stranger in a Sacred Heart” that comes off as a prayer for humanity, and “Roman Coin” which talks about the histories we have as lovers.
Duchovny shines best when his lyrics are the forefront of the songs. His mellow voice and heartfelt lyrics pose him as almost Leonard Cohen-like in dealing with issues of the heart and making us question life, ourselves, and the world around us.