I was a bit concerned about the whole of the album given the nature of the singles. (I did like them all; battle symphony was pushing it a bit for me I admit. But the more poppy and commercial direction seemed to be evident. Poppy and commercial aren’t inherently bad things, but it was clear how radically different this album was going to be.)
But I have to say, after listening to the album after a dozen times…actually, no I felt this way after the first listen, I’m very much pleased with the album. They did radically shift it. It IS more poppy and commercially my opinion.
But radical changes are nothing new for LP, and this album is so beautifully put together, and seeing the combination of the entire tracklist, together, it’s really something special. Their voices are beautiful, and the lyrics are excellent across the board (the only song whose lyrics kinda disappointed me was battle symphony). And it’s nice to see how LP can produce another album that is so musically different from what they’ve already done. To experiment while remaining true to the quality that defines their music is impressive to say the least.
I didn’t even realize how short this record was until I saw posts here mentioning it. I mean, I saw it was only 10 tracks, but usually I’m the first to complain if an album can’t even hit 40 min. But I guess I was too mesmerized this time to notice.
edit: favorite 3 tracks for me atm: One More Light, Heavy, Halfway Right/Invisible
I love Invisible except for the one word chorus part. It really messes my vibe.
Halfway Right is fantastic too, but the beat is a bit jarring for me.
I’m sure I’ll get used to one of those more than the other haha.