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The kick-start album-opener "Villainy" signifies the band's unbridled new energy and huge ambitions. It feels like a nice wrapping-up of this trilogy of who they are: these Southern California kids who grew up feeling like the world was this endless possibility. Looking back upon their own youths yet constantly moving forward to the future, Local Natives have embraced their evolution and made what could be seen as the most Local Natives-sounding album of their young careers.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language: : English
- Product Dimensions : 5.08 x 5.51 x 0.67 inches; 5.22 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Loma Vista
- Original Release Date : 2016
- Date First Available : June 11, 2016
- Label : Loma Vista
- ASIN : B01GXA79JA
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #16,375 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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This album is amazing. Every song in the first two-thirds of the album is tremendous (the last third is complete adequate, but just not quite the same). Taylor and Kelcie really show off their vocals and you can tell there was great attention to detail put into composing these. This has the atmospheric sound of Hummingbird, but with the energy and catchiness of Gorilla Manor.
With that said, I think they've hit new ground here. This music doesn't really remind me of any other band, including themselves in their first two albums. It's like you take the energy and pulse of Arcade Fire's Reflector album and blend it with the vocals and folk of Fleet Foxes.
Because of this focus on hooks, all of these tracks are much more straight forward in terms of song structure than Local Natives's previous music. Therefore, the differentiation in tracks come from how each track utilizes a unique combination of textures, especially in its combination of digital and analog (i.e. "traditional rock band") timbres. In other words, some tracks focus on a digital instrumentation verse + digital instrumentation chorus, some feature a digital verse + analog chorus, and so forth. Meanwhile, they are able to tie these differing textures via their unifying vocal melodies/harmonies throughout each track. It really helps to create an album where you never feel as if any of the songs blend together. Also, because of this unique combination of textures on each track, each person who listens to the full album is likely to have a different set of favorite songs.
That being said, from a critical perspective, there are some shortcomings with this album. The EQ seems to be off on the first couple tracks, and as a result, the lead vocals’ lyrics can be difficult to discern at times. It's a problem common nowadays with reverb-drenched vocals. They get lost in the mix, especially when the mix is as layered as it is here.
Furthermore, I miss the narrative lyrics as heard on their first two albums. The first two albums' lyrics was one of the main draws of their success thus far, as found in their ability to take the mundane, such as being stuck in traffic on a freeway while listening to the news on the radio (see "World News" from Gorilla Manor), and amplify it into a magnificent experience via soaring vocal melodies/harmonies and creative compositions. Meanwhile, with Sunlit Youth, they often focus on capturing a specific mood/feeling through an emphasis on instrumentation and cryptic lyrics -- and unfortunately so. The compelling playfulness and storytelling of their old lyrics is missing in this new songwriting.
And so, it's clear that this isn't a 5-star album. 5 stars is an album I recommend to all friends, regardless of genre or known tastes. And as much as I wish I could, I can’t say that Local Natives hit that mark with Sunlit Youth for the reasons stated above. That being said, even a couple weeks after buying this album, I still keep coming back to re-listen. Therefore, 4 stars is appropriate. This album isn't even near perfect, but it's still satisfying to listen to for previous fans of Local Natives, or people who just like the current trends within (indie) rock music.
Vinyl edition: 0/5
Love the album, but my vinyl copy skips a *ton*. I'll be avoiding vinyl cut by these guys in the future - it seems they tried to fit too much content on a single LP, making it more likely for the needle to jump.
At least it comes with an MP3 rip, which plays fine.