Alt-j Delivers a Strong Sophomore Effort with ‘This Is All Yours’

Album Review

Alt-J

This is All Yours (Canvasback/Infectious Music)

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This British band made an auspicious debut with 2012's Mercury Prize-winning An Awesome Wave, an album that rightly drew comparisons to Coldplay and Radiohead while simultaneously announcing the band's distinct approach. Singer Joe Newman possesses a soft voice that effectively establishes the band's singular sound. He hiccups his way through retro-leaning tunes such as "Left Hand Free," a folky number that has a real swagger to it and sounds like it could be a song by a modern-day Buffalo Springfield. "Hunger of the Pine" goes for something more soulful as the song builds slowly, making use of a Miley Cyrus sample while strings and things cut in and out of the mix. "Every Other Freckle" is a little noisier (and weirder). It's encouraging to hear these forward-thinking guys haven't made any compromises on their anticipated follow-up to An Awesome Wave.

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Jeff Niesel

Jeff has been covering the Cleveland music scene for more than 20 years now. And on a regular basis, he tries to talk to whatever big acts are coming through town, too. If you're in a band that he needs to hear, email him at [email protected].
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