January 2017: Best Indie Rock Album

Near to the Wild Heart of Life by Japandroids

Guerino’s Rating: 7/10. Maybe not as extraordinary as their previous album, but it’s still a really good record. The overall tones are lighter and the songs, consequently, result more accessible.

Favourite song: Near To The Wild Heart Of Life

From Consequence of Sound: it’s been five years of waiting for a new Japandroids album. The two wrote Near To The Wild Heart Of Life over the course of 2014 and 2015, hiding from the press and, it seems, hiding from their past selves. Though it was recorded by Jesse Gander, the man who handled their last two albums, the record sounds polished in a way their past works hadn’t. It’s eight songs long once again, but none of them are covers (We see you, Thin Lizzy and The Gun Club). It seems Japandroids sought out a new way of writing, and when a band takes risks, they run the chance of losing their heart. At various points throughout, Near To The Wild Heart Of Life seems victim of exactly that.

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