Against The Current
Past Lives


3.5
great

Review

by Get Low USER (7 Reviews)
February 11th, 2019 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Swimming with the current

Before listening to Past Lives, if one listens to Against the Current's discography chronologically (and disregards the countless number of cover songs they've posted on Youtube), they'll notice that on their debut EP Infinity, the band could undoubtedly be classified as pop-rock, even carrying some pop-punk tendencies. On their follow-up EP Gravity, although they still favor guitar-driven melodies, there is a noticeable increased use of keyboards, as well as songs that run at a slower tempo. On their debut LP In Our Bones, the guitar-work is either working in tandem with, or taking a backseat to the keyboards and the synthesizers that Chrissy Costanza sings over. Although still keeping within the scope of pop-rock, Against the Current moved gradually from the "rock" side, more over the "pop" side.

On Past Lives, Against the Current continues in this direction to the very edge of the pop side of pop-rock, to the point where it is debatable if this is not just simply a pop album. Nearly all of the music is produced by synthesizers, with programmed drum-beats and very little guitar-playing. I do not mean to imply, however, that this makes the music inherently bad (although it will to some people). I just aim to give a heads up to any readers of this review who may only be familiar with Against the Current's cover songs or earlier releases, that the band's rock roots have all but dried up.

I believe this transition into a poppier sound is the band's way of emphasizing Chrissy's vocals as the focal point of the music, which is a great play to strengths that I agree with them doing (Hi, Paramore). Although the lyrics can be very simplistic at times – generally just musings about relationships and love lost – Chrissy creates catchy choruses seemingly with ease, and sings with a pouty finesse that is every bit endearing. And no matter what mood she's going for – whether it a be a darker, more serious tone such as on Personal, or the proud air in which she sings the every-girl's anthem P.A.T.T. (strong Boy Problems vibes on this track) – Daniel and William are there to provide the appropriate synth-beats and instrumentation for their girl.

Past Lives has been, and will continue to be, the make or break album between Against the Current and their fans. Anyone who likes the band's older music, and also enjoys this full immersion in to the realm of pop, will presumably stick with this band for the long haul. For previous fans who are turned off by Past Lives, unless Against the Current decide to pick up the guitars again, there probably won't be much to look forward to anymore. For me personally, I just want to know if they will continue to get poppier in future, if that's even possible.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Get Low
February 10th 2019


4307 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Had to give this album some love.

SlicePaperMoog
February 10th 2019


480 Comments


Doubt ill ever jam this but still not bad of a review bby

Divaman
February 10th 2019


3316 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

OK. I don't like the album quite as much as you do, but I don't hate it either.

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Get Low
February 10th 2019


4307 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The current average on this album makes me sad. It is certainly not that bad.

Divaman
February 10th 2019


3316 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Takes a bit of listening to, though. My rating went up after a few listens. At first, I heard it as very generic pop.

Get Low
February 10th 2019


4307 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I can see how some would find this generic; but I don't really think it is. The band has a distinct style that they've carried with them from the beginning even into this album.

Papa Universe
February 11th 2019


19684 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I'm glad people are now waking up to the fact that this band is awful.

Get Low
February 11th 2019


4307 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

They're one of my favorites.

Papa Universe
February 11th 2019


19684 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

get low

Get Low
February 11th 2019


4307 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

papa universe

Divaman
February 12th 2019


3316 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Boooo, Papa U, boooo! This poor little girl is about 4 foot 10, and you're hating on her band. What a bully!

Papa Universe
February 12th 2019


19684 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

i don't care if she's 3 feet 4, if it sucks, it sucks. can she not reach the synthesiser properly or what does her height have to do with the fact she has a talent span of a crippled mosquito?

Darius the Great
February 12th 2019


19766 Comments


great paper

Divaman
February 12th 2019


3316 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

For shame.



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