Do you like Lucius? Do you like HAIM? Do you like First Aid Kit? This is better. *Ends review*
I jest, PEOPLE! I jest. But seriously, this album is GOOD. I know efficient feels like an odd word to describe an album, but it was one of my first thoughts after listening to I’m Alone, No You’re Not. At only 35 minutes, it moves swiftly, starting with a bang (“Canyon”) and ending beautifully. It felt too short at first, the experience was over too quickly, I wanted more! But the more I listened, the more I loved the setup. There isn’t a single skippable track, and though I have my preferences, it feels like one of those albums where every song will become my favorite at some point, which is more than I could ask for from even my favorite artists (though that doesn’t mean they can slack off, you know who you are!).
I’m Alone, No You’re Not surpasses it’s predecessor, their 2014 debut Native Dreamer Kin, in every way. They’ve made a very different album their second time around, where their first record held a more melancholy, calming approach, this one demands you listen. The sound is much more full, supplying a broader backdrop for their voices to inhabit. While I’d still say that country/ folk is the backbone of their sound, it’s constantly supported by other genres; from the pop melodies in “SOS (Overboard)” and “Blood & Tears,” to the mystical “Whirlwind” (another initial favorite), or the indie rock feel of “White Flag,” which could easily be a combination of LP and Lord Huron. Tribal drums, bluesy vocals, the album isn’t short of innovation, and shows a band that understands their talents are without a ceiling, and desires to explore what can come from it.
The harmonies of the three sisters are still the focal point of their sound, blending perfectly as they alternate leads and dance around each others melodies with an ease not always present in other groups. It doesn’t feel rehearsed as much as it feels natural. The difference with this record is the improved production. The crispness all around, while no doubt due in large part to the sisters being a bit more seasoned and mature in their approach, also came from the aid of producer Mike Mogis, whose great work with similar act First Aid Kit (he produced both 2012’s The Lion’s Roar and 2014’s Stay Gold) showed his ability to hone that sound. Grab your undivided attention and put it here, you won't regret it.
The two songs I chose employ both sides of their sound, the rousing "White Flag" and the lush and beautiful "Sweet Dreams," my favorite song on the album.