This is a big week for music for me! Two of my favorite bands, The Limousines and Capital Cities both released new albums. I will be reviewing Capital Cities first full album, In a Tidal Wave of Mystery, for all of you today.
I really enjoyed all of Capital Cities' EPs. All the best songs from those made it onto the album. I don't know what the average number of already released songs on a first album is, but I must admit I did feel there wasn't enough new content to justify the purchase price. Only 5 of the 12 songs had actually never been released before, so long time fans of the band may want to skip the full purchase and just grab those songs. That being said, the songs from the EPs are fucking excellent. Starting the album with "Safe and Sound" was an obvious choice but it really paid off. The flow of the album is really good, and the first new song, "Farrah Fawcett Hair" (featuring Andre 3000, yes you read that right) is definitely a quality way to kick off the new content. The album is generally the alt/electronica high energy stuff we're used to, not much deviation. Of course being the first full album one does not expect them to be experimenting with their sound a whole hell of a lot yet. Every song is catchy, once Capital Cities gets stuck in your head the only way to force it out is with a bullet (not that you'd want to). The lyrics are a lot of fun, nothing too deep but not all music needs to be.
In a Tidal Wave of Mystery is a really strong first album. Despite the lack of new content, the high quality of the songs from the EPs and the memorableness of certain new songs like "Farrah Fawcett Hair", "Origami", and "Chasing You" more than make up for that. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a fun semi-pop electronic type album. If you've been loyally buying the EPs since the beginning, you may consider just picking up the new songs but they're well worth it. It's just a light, fun album and listening to Capital Cities makes you want to dance. That's generally not my speed but this album is a pretty good exception. 8.25/10.