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Released: 11.03.16





Brooklyn seems to be the centre of the musical universe at present, and indie pop (heavy on the pop) outfit Lucius are right amongst it. Album opener Madness is a monolith of a song and sets the stall out early. Good Grief is an album with serious pop sensibilities, Shawn Everett (Weezer, Alabama Shakes, and Lucius debut Wildewoman) must take credit for the scale of production; it’s ambitious and far reaching with some monumentally huge moments.

What We Have (To Change) has a bubblegum verse structure before soaring into a chorus that sounds a little too like Katy Perry’s Roar for comfort. The album swings between gospel-tinged indie and electronica that wouldn’t have felt out of place on a Scissor Sisters record. Truce is a slightly more rocky synth affair, more akin to Haim’s jaunty pop rock than anything else on the album. Almighty Gosh is one of the better album tracks, with a math guitar line topped with Wolfe and Laessig’s über-pop vocals.

Single Born Again Teen is the best you’ll find on the album, but there’s a lot that’s almost as good. What Lucius have produced is a behemoth of a pop record steeped in credibility. At times it’s sickeningly sweet, others jauntily angular.

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