Mini Mansions guy walks into a bar fiction records There’s an overwhelming sense of familiarity to this record. From the Arctic Monkeys-esque opener, the album invites spot-the-influence moments: a Beatles melody here, a Devo-esque rhythm there, a touch of Elliott Smith elsewhere. This wouldn’t be a problem if the sense of familiarity wasn’t further emphasised by the generic approach of their rock band shtick. While it’s a clear shot for something more pop-heavy from the band, it often just sounds like dull indie being filtered through a different lens. The Tame Impala-like Time Machine finds the band entering into a new and pleasant groove that suits a new direction, but largely the high-octane rock stuff and super-on-the-nose ‘let’s try electronic pop’ stuff just all feels so well worn, tired and especially messy when they try to merge the two together. Daniel Dylan Wray

There’s an overwhelming sense of familiarity to this record. From the Arctic Monkeys-esque opener, the album invites spot-the-influence moments: a Beatles melody here, a Devo-esque rhythm there, a touch of Elliott Smith elsewhere.

This wouldn’t be a problem if the sense of familiarity wasn’t further emphasised by the generic approach of their rock band shtick. While it’s a clear shot for something more pop-heavy from the band, it often just sounds like dull indie being filtered through a different lens.

The Tame Impala-like Time Machine finds the band entering into a new and pleasant groove that suits a new direction, but largely the high-octane rock stuff and super-on-the-nose ‘let’s try electronic pop’ stuff just all feels so well worn, tired and especially messy when they try to merge the two together.

5/10

Daniel Dylan Wray

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