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Noah and the Whale—Heart of Nowhere

New album is polar opposite of predecessors

Heart of Nowhere, the latest album from Brit band Noah and the Whale is quite possibly the complete polar opposite of its predecessors. The group has all but given up on its signature folk-pop sound and lighthearted lyrics and in a somewhat sullen turn of events, Fink and the rest of the crew have created a surprisingly deep coming-of-age album in which many of the ten tracks sound eerily and somewhat annoyingly similar. Though by track five, (Silver and Gold) the record does begin to pick up, after revisiting older ‘Noah’ songs like 5 Years Time and L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N it’s safe to say Noah and the Whale is a band whose musical stylings are better suited to the quirky light pop tunes the group was known to crank out a few years back. Although slightly mediocre, Heart of Nowhere serves as a decent and inevitable “next step” in the bands writing/recording process.

Recommended Tracks: 2,7,8,9

RIYL: Laura Marling, Johnny Flynn, Edward Sharp & the Magnetic Zeroes, Kodaline

Reviewed By: Rachel Trottier