Album Review: Years & Years - Communion
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★★★★☆ Years & Years won the BBC Sound of 2015...blah blah blah. Who doesn’t already know that? The London electro-synth-pop trio have been making waves for the past year, and a few have been tidal in the lead up to the much anticipated debut album Communion. With so many ears clocked in their direction, there’s a lot riding on it. Setting the ‘Foundation’, if you’d excuse the pun, the full length opens with throbbing bass and haunting vocals from Mr Olly Alexander. Harrowing lyrics are crooned, while atmospheric electronica pulsates dangerously in sharp layers. In short, this is dance music, with a broken heart. While the majority of the tracks have been no stranger to the radio waves, they slot in place with ease. Highlighting their 80s influence, latest single ‘Shine’ boasts an old school chorus that is familiar somehow. Just as energetic as their debut ‘Real’, a synth heavy number kissed with the golden assets of RNB. ‘Desire’ surges as a sexy rush. Fast paced and sleek, underlying groove only adds to the perkiness. Whereas lower tempo ‘Take Shelter’ is just as seductive, flirtatiously cheeky lyrics hush in whispers. While chart topping ‘King’ probably transports you to the foggy memories of Saturday night on the dance floor, it’s easy to have missed pleading lyrics ‘I was a king under your control, I want to feel like you’ve let me go, so let me go’.
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