Who Should Buy This: Alternative music fans, those on the fringes of social cliques, and people who don’t find sadness depressing.
Album: How Will You Know If You Never Try
Genre: alternative, indie, pop
Music Rating: 9/10
Lyrics Rating: 8/10
Sounds Like: Bad Suns, CRUISR, Smallpools
Best thing About this Album: The consistency of brilliant and energizing musical composition across the album is wonderfully refreshing! (Also, I’m a sucker for frivolous melancholy.)
One thing I wish was different: I’m always going to be a stick in the mud about technical lyrical structure.
My Favorites: Don’t Cry 2020, I Don’t Wanna Dance, Are We Alone?, Lately II
This is a playlist of all of the songs from the album that will automatically play through the whole album. To skip to a particular song, click on the menu icon in the upper left-hand corner.
It’s not everyday that you come across an album that mixes birthday candles and tombstones, but I feel like that ironic quirk, twinge of sadness, and spunky fun is a brilliant visual for the tone of this album. With guitar lines that’ll get the party started and remorsefully nostalgic lyrical tones, this is certainly a nuanced piece with many facets to explore!
Here are some of my favorite lines from each track to give you a better sample of the whole album lyrically. Take a read. Take a listen. Ponder your life. Enjoy the art!
“Years go by whether you want them to.” — Don’t Cry 2020
“I don’t want to be your boyfriend when you need a little company.” — Boyfriend
“Mmmhmm. Uh huh.” — Talk Too Much
“I don’t wanna dance. I don’t know how.” — I Don’t Wanna Dance
“How will you know if you never try?” — Hannah
“Oh, are you even listening at all?” — Are We Alone?
“Heart eyes, heart eyes, come home tonight, come home tonight.” — Heart Eyes
“Does it ever cross your mind? It happens all the time.” — Lately II
“I’m feeling you. Can you feel it too?” — Feeling
“Stone cold feeling when my words don’t reflect my intentions.” — Miranda Beach
“It seems you’ve forgotten Malibu, ’92.” — Malibu 1992
That’s it. If you loved these songs as much as I did, please consider supporting COIN by purchasing the album from their website or on your favorite digital music store (iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon, etc.)
And holler at me in the comments! I’d love to talk to you all about this album.