Army Navy - The Wilderness Inside (2014) Flac & mp3
Los Angeles trio Army Navy's third full-length album, 2014's The Wilderness Inside,
is a nuanced, lyrical work informed by the group's longstanding love of
'70s power pop, folk, and country. Showcasing the talents of lead
singer/guitarist Justin Kennedy, along with guitarist/vocalist Louie Schultz and drummer/vocalist Douglas Randall, the album follows up the group's equally melodic 2011 sophomore effort, The Last Place. As with that album, here Army Navy and longtime producer/engineer Adam Lasus (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Dawn Landes, Ben Harper)
strike a balance between bittersweet, often melancholic lyrics and
bright, catchy pop hooks.
To these ends, cuts like the jangly, languid
folk-rock-infused "Birdy" and ruminative, early-'80s soft
rock-influenced "Dumb Luck" bring to mind the vintage rock sound of
bands like America and the Raspberries.
Elsewhere, cuts including the ascendant "The Mistakes" and romantically
epic "Crushed Like the Car" are blissful, guitar-based anthems that set
them justifiably next to such contemporaries as Canada's Sloan, Scotland's Teenage Fanclub, and Albuquerque's the Shins. Clearly, based on the level of tangible musical touchstones on The Wilderness Inside, Army Navy
have great taste in music. Thankfully, they know how to turn these
influences into moving pop/rock metaphor. As they sing on the ebullient
"Spinning on the Record," "Somehow I just know your songs have changed
me/Your music is the air I breathe tonight/No one ever knows the words
to save me/Maybe all your gibberish was right." With The Wilderness Inside, Army Navy's melodic message rings clear.(allmusic.com)
Power Pop, Jangle, a little shoegaze, it's all inside here. And it's a very melodic album full of catchy melodies with a clever arrangement.
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