Lydia
Liquor


2.5
average

Review

by SowingSeason STAFF
July 25th, 2018 | 34 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Liquor sounds inviting, but there’s nothing inside worth staying for.

Lydia’s career since Illuminate has been a struggle to recapture the magic of that precise moment in time; it was a beautiful and emotional magnum opus that seemingly captured lightning in a bottle. That isn’t to say that the band has not witnessed success since – in fact, they’ve been far more consistent than they probably get credit for. Paint it Golden strived to be what Illuminate was and fell just short, Devil was a melodic approximation of all things joyful, and Run Wild was a mild let down that had a handful of gems if you afforded the album time to grow. At their worst, any of those albums could only have been deemed a comparative disappointment when held against the standard-bearing light reflecting off Illuminate. For the first time though, it appears that Lydia has released an album that is precisely average.

Liquor has been finely pressed, coated with the sleekest production and tune sense. Sonically, it has a lot going for it – and songs like ‘Red Lights’ prove that they haven’t lost their ability to craft an interesting melody that hasn’t been done to death. The problem is that Lydia used to engage their audience and connect with them – whether it was a heartbroken tour-de-force such as ‘I Woke Up Near the Sea’ or the gleeful, seize-the-summer aura of a track like ‘The Exit.’ The diminishing returns started to become felt on Run Wild, admittedly, but here – sadly – it just feels like another day at the office. The band enters the studio, records ten sleek, twinkly indie tunes that check all the right boxes, and then calls it a day having invested no real emotion or purpose. That’s surely a bit harsh as there is always more to an album than what appears on the surface, but that’s how Liquor comes off.

There’s a noticeable shift towards pop elements on this record, which in itself wouldn’t be a detriment had it been more successful in executing the elements that cause indie-pop records to thrive. The choruses are not very memorable, for starters, and there’s nothing bold or different happening to warrant the occurrence of this bigger sound. As a result, it rings out like a hollow amalgamation of better days; a tribute to their former selves at best or rock bottom at worst, such as on the irritatingly simple and repetitive ‘Gypsy.’ In a lot of ways it’s unfair, because bands coming out of nowhere adopting this style of music do not face nearly as much scrutiny. That’s the plight of a band like Lydia though, one that has raised its own bar high enough to warrant disappointment from albums that other groups might consider an achievement.

The fact that Lydia can take a relatively average record and call it the worst in their entire discography should offer a glimmer of hope. While the band has been gradually trending towards a letdown like this, it is by no means representative of their usual body of work. Shying away from poppy, more accessible traits in search of more grit, fervor, and real emotion is the first step. They’ve never been a heavy band, but the feelings they evoked from listeners and espoused themselves certainly were. Liquor sounds inviting, but there’s nothing inside worth staying for – and that’s a void that has to be filled in order for Lydia to capture our hearts once more.



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SowingSeason
Moderator
July 25th 2018


31068 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Felt like having a review for this, mainly just to express my disappointment. The review is pretty brief and overarching, but there wasn't much point in delving into the intricacies of why this is so lukewarm.

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ProjectFreak
July 25th 2018


3675 Comments


I've somehow never listened to this band, but I saw that Mae was listed as a similar band...is that true, in your estimation?

SowingSeason
Moderator
July 25th 2018


31068 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah, I would definitely consider Mae to be in the same vein. If you like Mae check Lydia, but don't start with this album. I'd recommend Illuminate, then Devil - in that order.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
July 25th 2018


31542 Comments


what is mindy white up to these days

SowingSeason
Moderator
July 25th 2018


31068 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

current lead vocalist of indie rock band States

-Wikipedia

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
July 25th 2018


31542 Comments


they feel like theyre now defunct indie rock band States

Lucman
July 25th 2018


2701 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Nice review. This album was just so boring and that's coming from someone who likes pretty much everything past Illuminate.

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Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
July 25th 2018


41943 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Gypsy is the worst song of the year and arguably one of the worst by a formerly great band

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Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
July 25th 2018


16033 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"*best chief keef voice* lydia cain't handle no liquor"_ Rowan, July 14th



I gotta say I almost die laughing because of this. Thanks Row.

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bgillesp
July 25th 2018


6978 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review. I ended up liking the sound still a lot but the writing is their worst, especially in the lyrics department

RexKwonDoCarrey
July 26th 2018


28 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"Aww How Sweet =]"

Carlordau
July 26th 2018


21 Comments


Mindy White is currently doing boring solo stuff: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EK0gTppQW84

Morningrise767
July 26th 2018


683 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

They're still yet to beat Illuminate. That album is just amazing.

oldsoul
July 26th 2018


283 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Illuminate comparisons aside, this album just isn't interesting. I had hoped it would just take time to grow, but I gave it time and it never did

CuddlyCaucasian
July 26th 2018


111 Comments


I take it back this is the worst album cover of all time

twlichty
July 26th 2018


4055 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Great review, I agree on all your points. Illuminate is an incredible piece of art that they just havent been able to reach since. Friends is a good tune tho

pjquinones747
July 26th 2018


2972 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yeah this bored me to tears 3 tracks in

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oldsoul
July 26th 2018


283 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

@CuddlyCausasian dude I hate this album cover, deeply unsettling

FearThyEvil
July 26th 2018


16811 Comments


The hell is that album cover?

melgosabackstage
July 26th 2018


38 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I thought both this and Run Wild were great records. I think the pop side is a refreshing change of pace.



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