Album Review: Spreading Rumours by Grouplove
A few years ago, my husband introduced me to Grouplove. Their album, Never Trust a Happy Song, made its way onto quite a few of my writing playlists and it is still a go-to album anytime I need a pick-me-up.
So, of course, I was super excited to get my hands on Spreading Rumours. Don’t ask me why it took us several months to realize it was already released. Shameful is what it is, but I will admit that as soon as we realized the error in our ways, we promptly ordered the CD (because we’re old school and still actually buy those things) with two day shipping.
Well, we’ve been listening to it for the past couple of weeks, and I must say, it definitely has a different, more relaxed vibe, but I am totally digging it. While the album as a whole really resonates and feels well-timed, the tracks that really stand out for me are “Ways to Go,” “Shark Attack,” and “Didn’t Have to Go.”
The album starts off with fast-paced tracks that are reminiscent of NTAHS, but right around the middle (“Hippy Hill”) things seem to lose a bit of steam, and though I can see others might not be a fan, I admit I didn’t mind it. “Bitin’ the Bullet” is decidedly another favorite for me, and the more I listen, the more it reminds me of my favorite tune from their last album, “Itcin’ on a Photograph.” The sounds are obviously different, but the catchiness feels welcomingly (is that a word?) similar.
The album ends with the mesmerizing melodies in “Save the Party for Me,” which I found to be aptly named. I won’t say it’s my favorite album ever, but it was initially, and still is, an easy album to listen to while writing and revising. I’m already finding places for several of the tracks on my new writing playlists, and truthfully, that’s what I really look for an album. Can it inspire me to keep writing? If so, it’s a keeper.
In my opinion, Spreading Rumours is a total keeper, and I can confidently say that after two great albums, I am now officially adding Grouplove to my list of groups I *must* see live.
If you’ve listened to Spreading Rumours, share your thoughts in the comments. I’d love to see what your favorite tracks were.