The Neighbourhood made great waves with their debut single, “Sweater Weather,” and the supporting EP, I’m Sorry, effortlessly matched the brilliance of the dark, sultry track listeners were just starting to love. With last month’s release of their debut full-length, I Love You., the band doesn’t skip a beat.
While many mainstream listeners were introduced to The Neighbourhood by the flirty undertones and downright sexy lyrical advances of “Sweater Weather,” I Love You. offers an equally aggressive, yet slightly less friendly tone. “How” and “Afraid” take no prisoners.
“How could you tell me that I’m great when they chewed me up, spit me out, and pissed on me?” is unlike anything we’ve heard from the band so far, but the new dynamic adds dimension to The Neighbourhood’s repertoire. Think Bright Eyes‘ Digital Ash In A Digital Urn, or more specifically, the track “Down In A Rabbit Hole,” and you’ve got a preview of the album’s high-pitched electric guitar beautifully crashing with dark synths and carefully placed, heavy basslines.
“W.D.Y.W.F.M.” keeps with the scorned perspective and hiccupping harmonies and contrasts briefly with “Flawless,” which, for the first time on I Love You., sings praises — “You’re adored, you are flawless” — before returning to the original theme with “but I just can’t wait for love to destroy us.” Nothing if not consistent, the album’s contemptuous and apprehensive undertones overwhelm the idea of perfect love.
I was ecstatic to see that “Female Robbery” made it onto the full length from the aforementioned EP. A likely contributor to the initial success of the band, the early track showcases The Neighbourhood’s ability to envelop listeners in a dark soundtrack containing catchy, sweltering notes.
“Staying Up” adds depth to I Love You. with a new narrative reminiscent of an old black-and-white film. Dripping, sipping, and rap beats, the track is one of the highlights of the album and capitalizes on the group’s ability to build their sound within each song with pulsing and cascading vocals.
“Float” is the most fast-paced track of all, closing the album out with quick percussion and extended vocals. The album in its entirety is an eleven-track preview of promise. While I still strongly encourage fans to check out I’m Sorry first, I Love You. boasts timeless tracks that will forever aid broken hearts, bruised egos, and bad-decision hangovers everywhere.
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