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Lord Huron presents their fourth studio album, Long Lost. The band has often tried to uncover the past of their studio, Whispering Pines, without much success. Instead, they decided to imagine what has gone on in the studio, who has passed through, and that is how Long Lost was created. Featuring the singles "Not Dead Yet," "Mine Forever," "I Lied" and "Love Me Like You Used To." Hardcover CD Book.
- Product Dimensions : 5.55 x 4.96 x 0.39 inches; 3.39 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Republic
- Original Release Date : 2021
- Date First Available : March 19, 2021
- Label : Republic
- ASIN : B08Z2YKBPG
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
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While the darker Vide Noir--with its weirder, even heavy-rock groove was a step too far for some fans, Long Lost goes in the opposite direction--a mixture of offbeat and old-timey ballads from a post-Appalachian, but yet pre-Country era; songs like "Mine Forever," "Meet Me in the City," and "I Lied" are distinctly old-fashioned and charmingly timeless, with "Not Dead Yet" tapping into rockabilly (which Lord Huron flirted with on Strange Trails).
But there's much more here than meets the eye.
I should admit up front that I wasn't a fan of the three songs they released prior to the album's release. I was expecting them to zig where they zagged, and go more into the trippy, Prog realm of multi-part songs rather than lean into their Ghost Town side. And I was also surprised that the songs didn't instantaneously grab me in the way that the Fleet Foxes' new album Shore did. But it's unfair to judge something based on your expectations rather than what it's intended to be. It's also unfair to expect a song to immediately hit you. Some of my all-time favorite songs took time to grow on me. So, once I understand what the band was doing, I let go of my preconceptions and expectations and simply opened myself to what Long Lost is...
Lord Huron's fourth album is a haunting time-capsule of striking, moody ballads and catchy, cleverly arranged mid-tempo gems that, together, feel like lost songs written ages ago that have only now been uncovered. The mystery embedded in the music and their intertwined, shadowy lyrics is pure David Lynch--shades of Americana with unsettling undercurrents and bottomless depths.
The best of the album is represented in "Love Me Like You Used to," which has an insanely gorgeous hook, "Twenty Long Years," which is classic Lord Huron, awash in sumptuous, faraway melancholy, and the iconic, stentorian "What Do it Mean," which is one of the best songs Ben has ever composed (and that's saying a lot--as he's composed quite a catalog of classics)!
The final song, Lord Huron's first instrumental, has echoes of Steven Halpern and points to Lord Huron's proggier side. While some will call it indulgent, it's actually a nice bonus, dreamy and wistful, if not terribly substantive--but it's not meant to be... it's all about the mood and ghost town echoes of memories and former lives.
But as recommended on the album jacket's back-side, "this recording is intended to be enjoyed in sequence and without interruption," and that's where the album takes on a life of its own. Put away skepticism and impatience and just sit with the album like music fans used to do back in the day; read the lyrics (which are always expertly crafted by Ben); and let it wash over you... it very well may transport you to a forgotten time, a slower and less complicated era of lost loves, deep longings, and hidden sadness.
As with Vide Noir, Long Lost presents a band unafraid to take risks--and, frankly, they've earned it. If you can't catch the spirit of it, despite trying, no judgment; try again in a few years; but if you can, you'll be glad that you put in the effort because the spectral magic that's here is some of Lord Huron's best material... and the best of the genre.
As a long-time fan, I walked away from this feeling very satisfied. It was well worth the wait and it delivered on the experience that fans eagerly await every time the band drops a new album.
Despite being purposely structured as a more theatrical experience, it actually has less of a coherent story than “Strange Trails” or “Vide Noir.” I don’t feel transported to another world.
In stepping away from their usual paranormal themes, the energy that made them unique is nonexistent and makes everything just fall flat. The music is simply just not as good. Or even good in general. A huge disappointment from an otherwise spectacular group.
Long Lost does not fail to deliver. So many good songs; I particularly like "Not Dead Yet." It was like listening to my former self before coming to Christ.
Thanks for the music Lord Huron.
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Highly recommended if you have heard Lord Huron's poinant lyrics & dreamy musical qualities before.