Wednesday, May 28, 2014
REVIEW: Popstrangers - Fortuna
Where Popstrangers' growth is most evident to me is in the better understanding of the dynamics of the song -- the placement of the hooks, the building of the atmosphere -- as well as the cleaner sound and tighter performances. The result is an excellent collection of songs. Probably the best is "Country Kill" (provided below as a stream and video). "Don't Be Afraid", "Sandstorm", and (a personal favorite) "Violet". For my money, the first half of the album may be a bit stronger than the second, but all of the tracks hold up to repeated listens. I get the sense that the band truly believes in the merit of these songs, and I think the belief is well-founded. Of course every band wants to avoid the sophomore slump, and that challenge becomes more difficult when moving around the globe and changing up your music. That Popstrangers not only held their ground, but in my view made an even better album than their debut suggests that these guys have what it takes to keep moving forward in the industry.
Popstrangers are Joel Flyger, Adam Page and David Larson. Fortuna is out this week via Carpark Records.