Album review: Years & Years - Palo Santo
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It has been a long three years of waiting for new material from trio Years & Years, sky-rocketing to popularity and chart heights by winning BBC’s Sound of 2015. Flash forward to present day and the band is quite noticeably different, and with new album Palo Santo, they express a new facet of themselves. They are much more mature, with a welcome progression in sound that is smouldering, sexy, sinful and above all, the slice of perfect pop that 2018 was missing up until now. Although packed full of religious imagery across the board, Palo Santo (Spanish for ‘holy wood’) refashions the usual narrative of belief, sin and transgression to one that is inherently more ‘human’ and relatable — the album is incredibly self-reflective, honest and flaunts its creators’ flaws whilst simultaneously and boldy celebrating sexuality, individuality and expressing your true self.
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