Wednesday, July 12, 2017
The Stevens - Good
And one of those things is crafting 18 lo-fi gems that we find on Good, their new album. This record is a heady brew of crunchy Guided By Voices-styled indie rock, Flying Nun-style jangle, '70s prog rock, and Television Personalities arty guitar pop. Or, to put it in simple terms that don't make those of you two drinks into your evening try to sort through the influences, this is varied, melodic, eclectic, soaring, thrilling music with heart, humor and brains. The Stevens find pop bliss in every corner of their music and burnish it brightly it for their fans. I suppose that it isn't earthshaking news to say that a 18-track album has some good songs. But Good is rich in really good songs, and suffers no weak ones. In fact, if I were to compile a list of my favorite 30 songs of the year so far, Good would have several entries. Try a few below, and then ask yourself, should I deny myself pop bliss? I expect you will answer the question correctly. We trust you, we really do.
The Stevens are Travis MacDonald, Alex Macfarlane, Gus Lord, and Matt Harkin. Good will be released by Chapter Music in digital, vinyl and compact disc formats on Friday, July 14.