Broods
Evergreen


3.5
great

Review

by tom USER (12 Reviews)
August 31st, 2014 | 36 replies


Release Date: 08/22/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: i wanna make you feel how i feel when i'm listening to love songs

Hot on the heels of their excellent self-titled EP, Evergreen arrives six months later as the continuation of Broods’ sleek brand of electronic indie pop. The Kiwi sibling duo Caleb and Georgia Nott have crafted another smart set of tunes brimming with easy hooks and pristine production, thanks in no small part to producer Joel Little (Lorde). To label them mere copycats, though, would be rather short-sighted. Broods distinguish themselves through the strength of their songwriting and Georgia’s wonderful singing voice. Evergreen has its share of bangers; kicked off by ‘Mother and Father’ and ‘Everytime’, two upbeat tracks loaded with massive hooks and wicked melodies. Best of that bunch is ‘L.A.F.’, with its skittish rhythm that trips and stumbles and slams awkwardly into that soaring sugar high chorus in the most endearing way imaginable.

Fittingly though, Broods are at their best on the darker, brooding (“haha”) songs that form the album’s real meat. Georgia’s writing is, for the most part, of standard tropes – young love, heartbreak, yearning – but the presentation here takes them to a different space. Take ‘Killing You’ for example, a simple ‘wish you were here’ slow jam imbued with this super heavy emotional gravitas by her gorgeous vocal performance. ‘Killing You’ is rivalled only by the beatless ambience of ‘Medicine’; all swelling synths and reverb-washed harmonies that tedious adjectives can do no justice, though suffice to say it’s one of the best pieces they’ve produced yet. Evergreen’s second half is full of highlights: EP opener ‘Never Gonna Change’ returns here and again stands out, along with ‘Sober’, ‘Evergreen’ and ‘Four Walls’. ‘I’m trying hard to make you love me,’ Georgia sings on the latter, ‘but I don’t wanna try too hard’. A simple sentiment, sure, but to hear it in the context of that song is to be transported back to that butterflies-in-the-stomach thrill of our first loves. This is exactly what I love about pop music: the giddy highs and pure escapism the best of it brings.

The one criticism that can be levelled at Evergreen is its tendency to blur together in parts. The album is so polished I’m hesitant to called it rushed, but it feels a tad underwritten at times due to lack of diversity. The limited range of synth tones throughout render lesser tracks ‘Bridges’ and ‘Superstar’ somewhat redundant; inferior displays of ideas already executed better elsewhere. It’s a lesser case of that which plagued Chvrches’ The Bones of What You Believe last year: nine songs’ worth of great ideas stretched out over eleven. Perhaps a few guitar-based tunes in the vein of Broods’ superb ‘Taking You There’ would have alleviated this. Nevertheless, Broods own this style better than almost anyone in the genre and for the most part they absolutely nail it. With further refinement an indie pop classic is not beyond them. Evergreen isn’t it, but if they continue at this rate it could be here sooner than we think.



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tommygun
August 31st 2014


25138 Comments


not as immediately whoa as the ep but this one really snuck up on me after a while

hard 3.5 - light 4 or something idc about ratings

'killing you': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2JhL5QdiG4
'never gonna change': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkHzwowF6LA

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DrJohn
August 31st 2014


489 Comments


Just checked never gonna change, not bad for what it is... nice review btw.

DropdeadWHA
August 31st 2014


704 Comments


nice.

tempest--
August 31st 2014


14413 Comments


pos, what a sexy review

Only listened once so far, but it felt like barely a 3 ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

(“haha”)

JohnnyOnTheSpot
August 31st 2014


1679 Comments


Nice one tommy

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BigPleb
August 31st 2014


37588 Comments


Great rev yet again tommy, this is my kinda shieett for sure.

Pos.

tommygun
August 31st 2014


25138 Comments


thanks lads

lloyd this grows hard after a coupla spins

Arcade
Contributing Reviewer
August 31st 2014


3186 Comments


autopos cos it's tommy.

dunno if i'd like this, seems too intelligent and mature for a gomer like meh

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tempest--
August 31st 2014


14413 Comments


will definitely jam a bit more when my trusty reliable iiNet gets it shit together

Arcade
Contributing Reviewer
August 31st 2014


3186 Comments


they're too busy putting Internet in taxis to provide you with secure Internet access in your house.

danielcardoso
August 31st 2014


2567 Comments


Good review, Tommy.
Pos'd from me.

zakalwe
August 31st 2014


8879 Comments


And me, you have a future as an Oz journo I'm telling ya dude.
Will check.

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tommygun
August 31st 2014


25138 Comments


i'd say check the ep first and if you dig then proceed to this one

this is more cohesive but the ep is just jam after jam after jam

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
September 1st 2014


31493 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

not as immediately whoa as the ep


Pretty much this in a nutshell. This is perfect summer time sky-gazing music

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tommygun
September 1st 2014


25138 Comments


yup that sentence was my first draft but apparently sput has a minimum review length so i had to pad it out with all this other waffle :]

will be on high rotation for sure as the weather heats up

mhart8
September 5th 2014


23 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Evergreen isn't perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but it definitely deserves more attention than it has gotten so far.

tommygun
September 5th 2014


25138 Comments


agreed!

ShadowRemains
September 6th 2014


21340 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sexy

TWIGtheWONDERKID
September 12th 2014


907 Comments


What!? This is out already?

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TWIGtheWONDERKID
September 12th 2014


907 Comments


. . . oh, it's out in Austrailia.



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