ALBUM REVIEW: Palace – Shoals | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 21.01.22








The album’s sonic environment, along with the indie rock band’s respectful plunge into topics related to mental health, creates a melancholic atmosphere akin to being submerged in the depths of the ocean and forced to reflect on life.

However, what lets this particular record down is that despite a few noteworthy moments, such as the gloomy guitar riffs on the great Friends Forever, it sounds like Palace forgot to do anything memorable, with each track feeling like droplets from the same pool of water. Towards the end of the album songs like Lover (Don’t Let Me Down) and Sleeper are doing very little differently in terms of writing, production or instrumentation.


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