By: James Goff / Music Specialist
I want so badly to like it. I keep listening to it thinking ‘maybe I’m just not getting it, maybe there’s more to it.’ But it just isn’t what I was hoping it would be.
The Obsessives’ self-titled album, which was released on Friday, March 17 with Near Mint, is definitely a turn in a new direction. While that direction certainly has it’s own large following, I cannot say I am a member. The new LP is full of poppy vocals/lyrics and light, friendly guitar. I grew to like the Washington D.C. band because these were two things they completely lacked.
That being said, some of the lyrics are still very beautiful and relatable (especially If You Really Love Me;)). They have also began incorporating some more keyboard, which at times (When One Thing Ends, Surfer Rosa, A Shady Place) builds wonderfully upon their sound. Towards the end of the record, they seem to revert back to their old pop punk — somewhat psychedelic — sound and it saved the record from being a train wreck. Sometimes, about a relationship with a girl and the varying degrees of pleasantness the two experience, is one of these redemptive tunes. When One Thing Ends, as well as Now She’s Smoking, both cover the struggles of maturing and how a lifting of the childhood veil can really crush you.
Despite my criticisms of this LP, it is very clear that the duo believe they got across what they wanted and that it sounds and feels the way they wanted it to, and that’s the real purpose of music and all the other arts.
Favorite Track: Probably Now She’s Smoking, but no disrespect to Sometimes