Who Should Buy This: Alternative music fans, people who appreciate the realization of abstract thought in art, poets, dancers, and those who enjoy musical experimentation (particularly electronically).
Album: Simple Forms
Artist: The Naked and Famous
Genre: alternative, indie, rock
Music Rating: 9/10
Lyrics Rating: 9/10
Sounds Like: Grouplove, Metric, Phantogram
Best thing About this Album: The lyrics are incredibly thoughtful, technical, and poetic, while the music is instantly accessible.
One thing I wish was different: Ten tracks is not enough of this album. Objectively speaking, of course. 😉
Favorites: Higher, The Water Beneath You, Last Forever, Laid Low, The Runners
Parental Guidance: Backslide uses diety as an interjection in the first verse and later in the song contains the phrase “if I cut off my hand and make you clean it up” several times. (The context is much less jarring than whatever you’re thinking.)
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.
This album is a beautiful alternative electronic masterpiece with bubbly hints of the 80’s infused with the heart and soul of the present. What was so attractive to me in this album was its ultimate sincerity. Although, the breathtaking harmonies didn’t hurt either, and this album has one of the most amazing pre-drop basslines (Losing Our Control). Overall, this album doesn’t shy away from experimental effects musically, but still manages to remain grounded and maintain perfect cohesion. Here are some of my favorite lines from each track to give you a better idea of the album lyrically.
“Nothing but genuine built on a skeleton of fractured parts that only raise our voices higher.” — Higher
“I can’t fill the emptiness, but I will find a way to be the water beneath you.” — The Water Beneath You
“If we’re going off your past, nothing you can build will last.” — My Energy
“Forsake these bones, hopelessly abandoning our phones to watch the clouds awake over the homes of people we won’t ever know.” — Last Forever
“Please, please, please put down the phone.” — Losing Our Control
“Quiet restraint takes such accomplishment.” — Backslide
“I’m learning to live with ghosts.” — Laid Low
“This place that made me run and gave me every reason to stay in the rain.” — The Runners
“Take comfort in the fall.” — Falling
“Just because you’ve gotten yourself into a hole, there’s no need to go ahead tossing it because you lost control.” — Rotten
That’s it. If you loved these songs as much as I did, please consider supporting TNAF 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.