With their debut album, Broods garnered a lot of attention and rightfully so.
‘Evergreen’ was a funky and engaging release which captured listeners across the world and afforded the duo chart success in their native New Zealand, Australia and the USA. So how does their follow up “Conscious” fare?
Let me be clear… I am a fan of Broods, but this album is a bit of a let down.
On paper, this album should be a cracker, with features from Lorde and Tove Lo as well as writing credits from Joel Little (Lorde, Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding), but in my opinion… it fizzles.
I was personally excited by Lorde being involved on the album, but for the entire first half, I kept asking myself, ‘is Lorde on this track too?’ The songs sound like a follow up to Lorde’s debut album and in fact lead singer Georgia Nott channels Lorde in her delivery. Yes, this might be expected since they are both from New Zealand and are working with Lorde’s main producer, but it’s just disappointing they have gone with an almost formulaic approach.
However, all is not lost here; the second half of the album picks up and suddenly you feel like this might be a tale of two albums.
In the first half you get a generic, expected and Lorde-esque collection of tracks. But in the second half, Broods comes to life. And we can thank Tove Lo for this.
The Swedish starlet adds some much needed dimension and variation to this album on ‘Freak Of Nature’ which is my track of the album. There is something quite ethereal and special about it and is really where ‘Conscious’ should have headed. Its more natural sound is well suited to Georgia’s voice and Caleb’s arrangements compared to the EDM/synth/GarageBand-heavy first half. Tove and Georgia’s voices blend effortlessly and create four minutes of euphoria.
The remaining tracks on this album are all enjoyable and are good blend of light and shade. I just wish I could erase the first five of them.
VERDICT : 3/5.
MUST LISTEN : Freak Of Nature, Recovery.