The Neighbourhood
I Love You


3.5
great

Review

by Caleb C. USER (31 Reviews)
April 18th, 2013 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Uncompromisingly chill.

Spanning genres is the way to go when trying to reach a higher level of mainstream appeal. Indie Rock and hip-hop are the two styles that make up the majority of the ‘hipster music’ landscape, so it’s inevitable that many have tried to bring them together. It makes sense, really, to try to make a lasting impression on as many differently tuned ears as possible, as it allows that broader range of listeners to be courted by your sound. Unfortunately this could lead to an overwhelming bombardment of ideas that overshadow the intricacies of songwriting with splashes of unnecessary variation, or conversely, we could experience a watering down of the individual influences. The fact remains that it’s a worthy risk, and one that The Neighbourhood have conquered brilliantly on their debut I Love You.

Beat driven while remaining indie to the core, I Love You sounds uncompromisingly chill. On Female Robbery, dense, echoing synths bounce behind a wall of drum beats as Jesse Rutherford’s silvery vocals spread gingerly over top. It’s sexy and it’s unified. I Love You is undeniably a breath of fresh air in a sea of copycat indie pop, and makes for some of the most accessible tunes that the genre has produced lately. Never once does the hip-hop aspect of the music overpower the rock roots, or vice-versa, allowing for an amalgamation that steers clear of already charted territory, while never betraying itself by trying to be something that it isn’t. Every idea works, from the stripped acoustic bridge of Sweater Weather to the gloomy instrumental intro of How, and the record never suffers from overstretching its bounds.

As for the opposite side of the spectrum, you can certainly tell that it’s a freshman LP. The Neighbourhood have a strong idea of how they want their music to sound, and you’ll be hard pressed to find a song that deviates too strongly from the ideas previously highlighted. This becomes a bit of a problem, as each song struggles to separate itself from the pack and loses some of its own individual impact. It’s an ambience problem more than anything else, as song after song of dark noir-esque atmosphere proves tiring without the occasional shift towards, well, something different. The obvious exception is Sweater Weather which sounds considerably less brooding. It stands as the core reason behind the bands emergence in the scene and hits just as hard a year later as it did upon its release. I Love You is tight and carefree in its presentation, but is let down slightly by a narrow mindset when it comes to tone. With a debut under their belt, we can hopefully look forward to a more experimental and less restrained version of The Neighbourhood in the future.



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iswimfast
April 18th 2013


1410 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sweater Weather is such a good song that I had to review the whole thing. Not bad for a first effort. Here's the stream:



http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/the-neighbourhood-reach-for-the-stratosphere-on-i-love-you-album-premiere-20130416

East Hastings
April 18th 2013


4401 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

stop italicizing everything omfg

iswimfast
April 18th 2013


1410 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

there, cut down on that a bit.

East Hastings
April 23rd 2013


4401 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

better. pos. album sucks though

Beauville88
April 29th 2013


243 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review!

JohnnyBiggs
May 5th 2013


94 Comments


I heard Sweater Weather and decided to give this a shot. This review sums it up perfectly. For some reason this reminded me of a male version of Lana Del Rey's music, but with guitars...

IbenizGEO1
June 20th 2013


2262 Comments


......

Green Baron
September 13th 2013


22807 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

nah don't see why people like this one.



shit indie band. sweater weather sucks, and afraid is only good track on here.

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iswimfast
September 14th 2013


1410 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ok my fault

n60storm
October 20th 2013


50 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

this is pure indie hipster garbahge

iswimfast
October 20th 2013


1410 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i will never understand how people can still use indie as an insult

apokolypz
November 22nd 2013


488 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

There's a select few tracks on here that are very good, but it's kind of funny how they are trying to

hard to be "deep."

CK
May 27th 2014


6104 Comments


I remember liking a few things off of this

cliiint
July 6th 2014


1113 Comments


I enjoy this way more than I expected. it's steady not really any highlights just kind of night driving music with the windows down, not sit and actively listen music, too boring for that. if you like the singles it's pretty much that the entire album

Soaringmuse
August 12th 2014


144 Comments


Haven't heard the full album so I won't give a rating, but the two I have heard are just... ass. I might make myself suffer through that ~40 minutes though so I can legitimately rate it.

dmp3131
January 31st 2015


1078 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This isn't too bad. Highlights are: How, Afraid, Let It Go, Staying Up, and Float.

TooManyFriends
October 5th 2015


2169 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

seeing these guys next week are they good

BrushedRed
October 22nd 2015


2034 Comments


Their new song Prey is awesome

oWhoadYo
November 3rd 2015


1850 Comments


sounds like a really watered down and bad silversun pickups

the similar artists to this band on here is truly an insult to the other artists

runaways
January 31st 2016


193 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Sweater Weather is great but it kind of wares off and it's really the only thing worth listening to on this album. I was actually shocked at how bored I was listening to this, which is weird because I sometimes like albums that are rated slightly low on here. Can't imagine their second album being any better.

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