The 17 year-long wait for emo dads across the world is finally over. All lovers of emo have cried their eyes out to Never meant, and their 1999 debut will be treasured by American Football fans forever. But will their new self-titled album be held in the same regard? Despite clear differences to the band’s original sound, there is no doubt how compelling this album is.
The LP starts off with twinkly guitar turns on ‘Where Are You Now’, and it’s instantly noticeable how Mike Kinsella’s vocals differ in comparison to their first album. His vocals no longer sound as raspy and angsty as they used to; the depth and richness of Kinsella’s voice shines through, giving the band a more mature sound. Towards the end of the song, loud and soft dynamics are also incorporated into its riffs, sticking to the band’s gloomy and emo tone.
Although ‘My Instincts Are The Enemy’ leans more towards the math rock side of things than emo, it’s very reminiscent of ‘ Honestly?’ From their debut LP, impressively recycled into something new.
As the album progresses, the more enthralling the hypnotic guitar riffs and heartfelt lyrics become. The harmonies and stunning acoustic melodies are a breath of fresh air, and it’s very clear how this band have poured all their emotions into this record. American Football fans might initially find themselves saying that the album doesn’t sound like them, but this is an album that grows on you each time you listen to it. American Football have created another masterpiece with this LP and have yet to disappoint.
1. Where Are We Now?
2. My Instincts Are the Enemy
3. Home Is Where the Haunt Is
4. Born to Lose
5. I’ve Been So Lost for So Long
6. Give Me the Gun
7. I Need a Drink (or Two or Three)
8. Desire Gets in the Way
9. Everyone Is Dressed Up
Words by Angel Laura