B L O G M A S D A Y 11
Talking is Hard is Walk the Moon’s second full album after their self-titled release in 2012. Throwing together 80’s pop with today’s indie rock, the band (formed in Ohio- Midwest for the win!) has created this album of just pure awesomeness. As a big fan of their first album, I had high hopes and man. Those high hopes were met for me!
I am just going to go track by track.
1. Different Colors- this opening song pretty much exemplifies what the entire album will be. It has that expansive opening song feel, the beat is upbeat, calm, but sure. They pretty much tell their mission for the rest of the album.
“We keep cranking the music up
Driving through our towns
But they don’t want to hear
They want us to turn it down
So come on lovers, come on haters
Tonight we raise the fire
Cause when the people get to dancing
They forget about taking sides”
2. Sidekick- THIS IS MY FAVORITE. It has a lot of words thrown into the song and has a fun play on the word “do” (d-d-d-d-d-d-d-do you wanna be my sidekick?). Plus, I find oversimplificatication of really big things pretty much the best thing ever. Not do you want to be my girlfriend or possibly fall in love with me, but do you want to be my sidekick?
3. Shut Up and Dance- Two words sums this song up: Discotheque Juliet!
4. Up 2 U- Starts off pretty smooth and nice sounding, but this turns out to have more rockish elements rather than straight pop.
5. Avalanche- This has one of my favorite follow through with a song lyric. It’s just fun to sing. “One glance and the avalanche (pause- low voice) drops. One look and my heart beat (pause) stops.”
6. Portugal- This song is a little more synthesizer-y and it has more of a summer feel.
7. Down in the Dumps- Definitely more of an 80’s song, and has a really cool background sound that starts like about 30 seconds in. It has another lyric I really love: “Scared of heights like I’m scared of falling in love.”
8. Work This Body- Another song with a whole bunch of lyrics smooshed in=I AM HAPPY. This has a very fun melody to it and is very inspiring! Definitely a good one to sing to in the car.
9. Spend Your $$$- This has more of an industrial sound to it and because of that it feels a little separate than the other songs. It has a lot of the same characteristics- upbeat sound, catchy chorus, and vocals going up and down. This is also one of the songs that doesn’t really reference relationship/friendships.
10. We Are the Kids- This track sounds more like an anthem of a generation. “We take that old school fashion, shape it into something new.”
11. Come Under the Covers- A song for the end of the summer, this is more of a luurrrrrvvvveeeee song if you can’t tell by the title ;)
12. Aquaman- is pretty much pure 80’s. When I am driving and listening to it I have to work hard to keep my hands on the wheel and not start swaying back and forth and snapping my fingers. It is a smooooooth song. Pretty much the calmest on the album.
Last minute album thoughts:
-Talking is Hard is similar, yet soooo different from their first album. I love that they are exploring and growing musically to different things, yet it appears to be very organic.
-The songs themselves are pretty different from each other, yet again they have a cohesive sound to them.
-All of the songs totally promote some sort of dancing around.
-There are threads of positivity sewn into pretty much every. song.
-If you ever have the opportunity to see them, DO IT. You will be in for a fun positive show.
-The lyric booklet features handwritten song lyrics and a ton of fun doodles.
If you decide to listen to them (or already do), let me know! I would love to know what you think!