Metronomy – Love Letters

New album Love Letters by electro-pop band Metronomy is graceful, funky, and rounded. If you’ve unfortunately been hit with a broken heart recently, you may want to brace yourself, acquire some tissues, some chocolate, a copy of this album, and hit play.

Metronomy have progressively sharpened, and have climbed their way up the chart ladder since they formed in Devon, England in the year 1999. They’ve also impressed many with their intimate live shows. Their debut album entitled Pip Paine (Pay the £5000 You Owe) was released in 2006, with no success in the official charts. Second album Nights Out released in 2008, peaked at 106 in the UK, and third album The English Riviera peaked at 28.
Love Letters has rightfully taken its place at reaching number 7 in the official UK charts, and could be considered as their best album yet.

Surprisingly, Metronomy haven’t been able to get any singles into the top 40, let alone the top 10. Their highest charting single is ‘The Look’ peaking at 43, no other comes even close to peaking in the top 100. Even feel-good funky track ‘The Bay’ with 12,850,952 hits on Youtube didn’t see the top 100. .  The band have unfortunately been underrated in the music world… It makes you wonder what people are buying these days.

The band consists of a man of many talents, lead vocalist Joseph Mount. Another man of many talents, Oscar Cash. Sexy, but composed drummer Anna Prior, and cool, calm, and collective bassist Gbenga Adelekan.

The album starts with something delicate, ‘The Upsetter’. Towards the end, lead singer Joe Mount chooses his poetry well – ‘You’re Giving Me a Hard Time Tonight’ – (that’s something we can all somewhat relate to) is accompanied by a sharp, but soft electric guitar solo.

‘Monstrous’ has a Daft Punk Discovery feel to it, that job mainly done by the keyboard and comfy vocals. It may remind you of the songs ‘Nightvision’, ‘Something About Us, and ‘Verdis Quo from the album Discovery.

With title track ‘Love Letters, the album certainly takes a leap into something different. Love Letters is an upbeat disco song, with subtle David Bowie influences. ‘Moth of Sundays’ is another track on the album that takes a different direction, subtle, however there is more of a rock influence behind this one. ‘Boy Racers’ is a track with yet another Daft Punk feel behind it, reminiscent of ‘Voyager’. The track has electro-funk/spacey instrumental.

The album comes back in a full circle when it’s coming to an end. ‘Call Me is a more positive Love Letter, but still goes back to that tenderness and delicacy that we saw at the beginning of the album.

‘Most Immaculate Haircut’ is quite dismal. The song is coming from the point of view of a saddened man who wishes he was the handsome man with the tremendous haircut, who gets the love he’s looking for – ‘I see the girls falling for you, oh she must adore you.” ‘Reservoir’ has keyboard notes makes you feel like you’re in a video game, or on a journey into out of space. That track is then followed by the final track ‘Never Wanted’, maybe the tenderest of them all, with the tiniest hint of funk.

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