Sunday, September 22, 2013

Shatterblog!: Spreading Rumours (Deluxe) Review

I was hoping to get this review up Tuesday, when Grouplove's new CD launched, but my computer's motherboard quit on me and my laptop's wifi card doesn't get on with my school's internet provider leading to random blue screens. Fortunately, my laptop is behaving for the moment, so on to the review.

This review will be slightly biased because I just love Grouplove. I fell in love with their self titled EP shortly after it released and their set at 2012's Firefly Music Festival was one of the greatest musical experiences I have ever had. I enjoyed Never Trust a Happy Song but I thought it didn't quite live up to the EP.

Spreading Rumours changes all that. Truly an amazing album, I was hooked from the first track, I'm With You. The first several songs are just fun and match the fun feel-good vibe of the EP flawlessly. The single Ways to Go that gets solid radio play if you listen to alt stations is, in my opinion, entirely superior to Tongue Tied and Itchin' on a Photograph. Don't get me wrong, those are great songs, but I just prefer Ways to Go. The high energy of the first several songs had me trying to sing along despite not knowing the words at all. It slows down a bit for the second half of the album, but there aren't many songs that feel out of place. Bitin' the Bullet and Raspberry aren't my favorite songs, but they aren't bad and I certainly don't skip anything on the album. Despite being really weird and somewhat out of place I really fell in love with the final deluxe track, Beans on Pizza.

It's a really fun ride, the album is stronger than the last and enjoyable all the way through. It's easily one of the better albums I've experienced this year. Overall, have to give it a 9.5/10.

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