Years and Years
Communion


2.0
poor

Review

by facetheslayer666 USER (32 Reviews)
July 10th, 2015 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: http://darkdaysmusiccentral.blogspot.com/2015/07/communion-makes-this-auditor-feel-as-if.html

For all the occurrences that sum up 2015 so far (To Pimp a Butterfly, Caitlyn Jenner, “effective power”, FIFA), it arrives as a mild surprise that everyday events still seem to be partaken in. Why? Because it seems as though in a grander scope of current news, there are always greater powers at work. This was a rather difficult quality to accept the existence of while listening to the debut full-length by English synth-pop trio Years & Years. However, the daunting truth is that the band isn’t all you would expect it to be -- I say it in such a way because Communion was planned so well. It was almost too good to be true. Though it had singles for it coming out since February of last year, received tons of airtime and had a pop-accessible vibe from the very start of “Foundation”, the group is vaguely innovative; this is because it hones a electro-R&B tinged nu-disco flare (with a small euro-dance influence) and several elements that could make it seem kind of unique. But don’t let this fool you, because it feels as though there is a greater power at work here.

Listening to Communion is a lot like hearing Glass Candy make hot, sweet love to The Helio Sequence, their utter ennui being common hereditary traits -- this is primarily caused by an audible lack of inspiration and flat, uninteresting production altogether. Inconsistency is a common factor that hinders the gratification of Communion; the under (over?) production of the whole LP aside, good songs are scattered throughout as if listening to it was a sort of scavenger hunt. The main quality that seems to be dragging these songs down is repetitivity; “King” is composed of hooks that are banged into the auditor’s head constantly, as if the band members are trying to remember it themselves. But possibly the most annoying disqualification Y&Y has is that most of these songs aren’t somewhat catchy. A lot of these tracks are NOT memorable, seeing as they are both underdeveloped and largely unbearable.

Y&Y obviously runs a little deeper than the pop spectrum it submits itself to -- Communion relentlessly tells of its many experiences it has with being “hurt”; take, for example, a lyrical sample from “Desire”: “Open your arms and pray / To the truth that you're denying / Give in to the game / To the sense that you've been hiding”; and “Gold”: “Do I belong? / Oh, I see it start to fade / Teach them a song / Oh, now I feel I've been betrayed.” This brief flash of legitimate emotion, however, is drowned by the pitifully passionless delivery.

Among this rubbish, Years & Years’ debut still, somehow, holds some slight glimpse of potential in its glare. Songs like “Shine” and “Border” hold different synthesizer textures to the rest of the album, while the singer and lyricists are beyond duly achieving what they sought to -- an entertaining (for lack of a better word) synth-pop record, whilst still moving parallel to what is considered trendy. It’s safe to say that anything proceeding the closer, “Memo”, WILL, indeed, be enjoyable enough to surpass the confines of the greater power, which casts Years & Years as another emotional and semi-captivating pop trio. Let’s hope they have as many “secrets to show” as the proclaim to.

3.9/10




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Final Origin
July 11th 2015


843 Comments


Incredibly boring band, have no idea how they were named BBC Sound of the Year 2015. Mind you, BBC have no idea about music anyways.

facetheslayer666
July 11th 2015


117 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

true. good rev tho? idk it was kinda rushed



Final Origin
July 11th 2015


843 Comments


Yeah just read it through again, you get your message across well and describe the music clearly. Agree with everything you say here.

georgeharold818
July 11th 2015


70 Comments


Only heard King. Guy just has one those voices (and faces) that makes me want to punch him

MattTD
July 11th 2015


678 Comments


AND OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH





I WAS A KING UNDER YOUR CONTROL






Froot
July 11th 2015


1910 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

King is amazing by top 40 standards.



Might give this a listen tbh.

Anthracks
July 11th 2015


6301 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

people need to stop hating this band man it's tacky

Digging: Yellow Eyes - Rare Field Ceiling

Froot
July 11th 2015


1910 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

After listening, kinda agree with OP unfortunately. Whole album is basically a progressive descent into uninspired, unmemorable pop territory, with King being the zenith.

facetheslayer666
July 11th 2015


117 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

nah take shelter destroys

DropdeadWHA
July 12th 2015


1396 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is good, review is cool but I don't see how this resembles Wildheart in any way?

Pangea
July 17th 2015


3118 Comments


King is good

DropdeadWHA
July 17th 2015


1396 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Eyes Shut and the last three tracks are average. Should of done 10 songs tbh.

Froot
August 3rd 2015


1910 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Take back what I said, although still agree with ^ that the album ends on a really boring and uninspired note. Otherwise, this thing has seriously grown on me the past month and is annoyingly addictive for quick grooves.

Pangea
August 3rd 2015


3118 Comments


Shine rules so hard

AmericanFlagAsh
August 12th 2015


8920 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Shine is really annoying tbh

Desire, Ties, Border, and King are best



Album is pretty average to me overall. Olly's voice is nice though.

Digging: Kim Petras - TURN OFF THE LIGHT

Pangea
August 12th 2015


3118 Comments


shine has one of the best chorus of the year though

Pangea
August 12th 2015


3118 Comments


i really enjoyed what i've heard so far but i can imagine that this album is quite average. they seem like a singles band to me

DropdeadWHA
August 12th 2015


1396 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's top heavy, then it thins out a bit.

Cygnatti
September 29th 2015


32914 Comments


new single is garbage af

DaveyBoy
Emeritus
October 3rd 2015


22486 Comments

Album Rating: 3.6

Having won the BBC Sound Of 2015 poll, there was a lot of hype for English synth-pop act Years & Years before their debut LP 'Communion' was even released. Searching for an original niche by melding parts of what is currently popular, the trio's tunes appear simplistic at face value, but are deceptively well-crafted. Diversity may be at a premium & Olly Alexander's voice will prove divisive, but the band's best tunes clearly outline their potential. At 48 minutes in length, it's a little repetitive & overlong, but if one is willing to get that far, bonus track 'Ready For You' is definitely worth checking out. Recommended Tracks: King, Real, Shine & Memo.



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