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''...they are still the band that first captured our hearts three years ago ... Hummingbird plays like a sophisticated and logical forward progression... They may be shifting the weight of the world onto their collective shoulders, but it hasn't dampened their energy a bit (8 out of 10).'' --Under The Radar
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I adored Gorilla Manor so much that I had a feeling going into this album that I might be slightly let down. Yes, I am a little bit, but as I get to the end of the album I realize I'm being a little petty in that I already knew they probably would have a slight sophomore slump...but trust me it's really not much of one.
One of my favorite parts of the Local Natives is how the songs are presented which is often centered around drummer Matt Frazier and often Kelcey Ayer. If you're expecting anthem type driven songs like "Sun Hands," "Shape Shifter," and "Wide Eyes," you're not totally going to get that here. The songs here more represent their slightly more eclectic and rhythmic side from Gorilla Manor like, "Sticky Thread" and "Cubism Dream." I will admit, I like the drum heavy harder hitting songs that are more present on Gorilla Manor more, but this album is still great. It actually plays great when mixed in with their debut rather than on its own on a playlist. There is still a lot of similarity here, in fact more then I'm probably making it seem, but if you've listened to Gorilla Manor a ton like I have, you'll notice it too.
My favorite tracks on the album:
"Breakers," Great drum beat, great droning synth, and very catchy in a dreamy cinematic way. The song is about somebody trying too hard to exist to others...great stuff.
"Wooly Mammoth," One of the few rhythm section driven songs here. Really potent and great mixing.
"Mt Washington," Acoustic guitar, builds all the way through. Relationship song, beautiful phrasing.Read more ›
I literally adore every song on Gorilla Manor, specifically Sun Hands, Wide Eyes, and Who Know Who Cares. Local Natives actually performed a couple of these songs the other day. I must say this band is amazing live. They harmonize beautifully, giving most of my recognition to Taylor Rice, who never ceases to intrigue me with his meticulously groomed beard. When I was getting my vinyl sleeve for Hummingbird signed, the band members were so nice and greeted me with a smile and a thank you. Not only are they so welcoming, but their new album is just perfect. It's difficult to describe how much I'm pleased with this album in words... Nonetheless, my established favorites so far are You & I, Heavy Feet, Ceilings, Breakers, Wooly Mammoth, and Mt. Washington. With Local Natives specialty in sublime, lofty harmonies, I can't help but look forward to my bus rides or walks alone.
What really separates Hummingbird with Gorilla Manor is that it dives deeper into "an emotional abyss" and is topped with even more cathartic harmonies. The lyrics are an additional perk. "When did our love grow cold, the closer I got the further I have to go to places we don't know." This stanza is my favorite (featured in You & I). Overall, I would recommend this album. It's worth every buck and Local Natives won't let you down, I promise.
This review is mostly for Amazon's lack of information, or inability to present that information effectively. When I pre-ordered this there wasn't any info in the description beyond the track listing and the fact that it would be on limited edition red vinyl. Now it states that a download card with three bonus tracks is included, but it still doesn't state that those tracks ARE NOT included on the actual pressing. It's not THAT big of a deal, and the die cut jacket and marbled blood red vinyl is gorgeous, but it's still frustrating to not get what you expect to get when you open this bad boy up, especially when you've spent almost $10 more on this deluxe edition and you've received the same thing that's in the standard edition, only prettier. I've bought deluxe LPs before that had bonus tracks on the vinyl that weren't included on the digital download card that was included, so the current product details could be easily misconstrued as Amazon just reassuring the buyer that the bonus tracks on the record are also downloadable, but that is not the case. The BONUS TRACKS ARE DOWNLOAD ONLY in this instance. Buyer beware.
I'm still glad that I got this version, but I'm annoyed that the details were left vague until after I received it. Now, to be fair, it wasn't even explained on the band's website, so maybe it's the manufacturer being purposefully vague, but whatever the reason, it should be corrected.
Either way, great album, give it a listen, grab a copy, but if you're looking for a hard copy of these bonus tracks like I was, maybe grab the deluxe CD instead... though now I wonder if they're actually included on that! :P
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of my all-time favorite albums. The A-side is incomparable, but the B-side is also great. Love Local Natives.Published 1 month ago by Mike C.
A wonderful blend of chords and lyrics! I've been listening to this album tons and it never ceases to amaze me. The bonus tracks are just bliss~Published 2 months ago by Juan Riojas
I usually worry about bent covers and the possibility of warped vinyl when ordering online but this record arrived looking great and sounding even better. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ashlee Rodriguez
Comes on a nice heavyweight 180 gram pressing, and includes large a large poster which doubles as the lyric insert.Published 6 months ago by Dixon
Worth every penny. Comes with a double sided poster too which is super cool.Published 8 months ago by daniokc
Amazing album! Worth every cent. I had some trouble with shipping but it's only in one specific region so I'm pretty sure it's just one UPS that's the problem.Published 12 months ago by Adelinr Ballard
This is a great album to follow up their Gorilla Manor album. Some great vibes in a wonderful disc. The highlight by far is the song "Breakers. Read morePublished 14 months ago by GustieGuy