Metronomy
Love Letters


4.0
excellent

Review

by Major Tom CONTRIBUTOR (139 Reviews)
March 6th, 2014 | 8 replies


Release Date: 03/11/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sweetness and light

Back in 2011, English indie-electronic group, Metronomy, burst out of the shadows with their colourful 3rd album The English Rivera, brimming with catchy, exciting pop tunes such as ‘The Look’ and ‘The Bay’. Fast forward to 2014’s Love Letters and the group appear to have retreated back into the darkness, with a moody, muffled album far from the Technicolor joys of three years previous.

The bright pink album cover and title, which seem to suggest the sweet joys of being in love, mislead the casual observer into assuming the record will be all sugary sweet romance. But Love Letters takes on a different tone right from the start, opening with the lo-fi, hazy ‘The Upsetter’, where lead singer Joseph Mount desperately counters the claim that he is ‘the upsetter’ with proclamations that he has got to get his message to his loved one because he is “alone, and so in love". The somber opener moves to the equally uneasy ‘I’m Aquarius’ and ‘Monstrous’, which both, like their predecessor, operate on shuffled beats and muffled organs, detailing break-up: “you left the ring I bought you with your cigarettes”. The title track even begins with somber trumpets and sax, further cementing the late night-heartbreak theme of the LP; but ultimately bursts into the liveliest arrangement of the set.

‘Month of Sundays’ presents itself as one of the most immediately attractive songs on the record with its brief, angular guitars sounding not unlike early Cure (think Three Imaginary Boys era). Even more leftfield is the mysterious instrumental ‘Boy Racers’, which reaches back to the early 80’s, with a dark, icy synth arrangement winding up as funky as it is eerie. ‘Call Me’ is more of the same sparse, dark synth pop and doesn’t wain in quality; nor does the daftly named but solidly executed ‘The Immaculate Haircut’, or the final two tracks continuing in the same manner as their companions to add to the thematic and musical concept of this exceptionally consistent set.

Upon first listening Love Letters may appear to be the ugly, unloved sibling compared with the breezy sunshine of older brother, English Riviera, but that is merely because Love Letters is a more challenging and complex album than the group’s previous effort. But given time, Love Letters shapes up as an equally impressive collection of songs which grow in strength the more one invests in their intimate, confessional messages, presenting a different but wholly satisfying slant on Metronomy’s familiar style.



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Tom93M
Contributing Reviewer
March 6th 2014


1106 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wasn't sure about this album from the first few tracks but it really grew on me given a little more
time.

Also, i've forgotten how to do italics on sputnik, can someone remind me? XD

Also at: http://www.thealtreview.net/album-reviews/metronomy-love-letters-2?


StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
March 6th 2014


2714 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

[?i]italics stuff here[/?i] without question marks

StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
March 6th 2014


2714 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

and i had no idea this had dropped already - need to check it. The English Riviera was brilliant

Tom93M
Contributing Reviewer
March 6th 2014


1106 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks man, made some italics edits now.

Yeah it's gone under the radar a bit. Really solid album, a lot darker than English Riviera though so may not be to everyone's taste

StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
March 6th 2014


2714 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I've heard the two singles and loved them, so I have high hopes.

Tom93M
Contributing Reviewer
March 6th 2014


1106 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome, you should dig it then cos it has pretty consistent theme/tone

StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
March 6th 2014


2714 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think it lacks the highs of English Riviera, but this is great for sure. The 1-2-3-4 punch of tunes at the beginning is verrry nice. Did you ever catch Aquarius' b-side? Somehow I ended up with the record and am very surprised it didn't make the album (and the internet in general, which is odd...). Aquarius remains, as it always has been, bloody brilliant.

I guess I was kind of hoping for them to take the more sketchy vibe of Love Underlined and have more of a play around with that. Monstrous does a little bit, but still...



Tom93M
Contributing Reviewer
March 6th 2014


1106 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I haven't heard the b-side yet, i'll have to check it out



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