Thursday, January 19, 2012

Islands - "A Sleep & A Forgetting" out Feb 14 on Anti-

Islands are quite an aptly named band: you can almost picture lead singer Nicholas Thorburn strumming a ukulele with his feet in the sand...

Most of Island's fourth record is not thrilling, but nice. Mellow to the point of sleepy. They're more interesting when they step out of their comfort zone: the poppy "Never Go Solo" had a bit of a Jellyfish ring to it, and the spacey "Same Thing" is a solid album closer.

A Sleep and a Forgetting was apparently written about a difficult breakup for Thorburn, which can often be songwriting gold. But with Islands, I'm just not
feeling the despair or urgency... - CR

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