[ALBUM REVIEW] Klaxons: Love Frequency
There is an unlimited and unabashed demand for epic songs that inspire you to dance (whether with friends or dancing by yourself), to strut, or do a little bit of car dancing. So, it is inherently difficult to dislike albums that inspire all of the above, like the Klaxon’s fourth LP, Love Frequency. While this new album from the London-based band is not seriously threatening to displace any of the albums in my top ten list, its fast-paced songs and easily accessible lyrics makes for superbly fun and laid-back listening.
The album aims to be what can only be best described as a ‘retro space odyssey’, but perhaps one that puts more value on the production of eye-catching visuals, rather than developing a sustained and motivating plot line. The repetitive lyrics of many of the songs, combined with similar sounding instrumentals, means that many of the songs blur into one another, and not in the best way. The vocals are also a bit hit and miss; in some songs, like “Show Me A Miracle” (which has just been released as the album’s first single), the vocals just aren’t as strong as you would want them to be. Overall, despite the acoustic similarity of the songs, there is little cohesiveness across the album, meaning that the audience isn’t drawn in and taken along on the journey by the band.
However, there are a couple of serious, standout songs. “New Reality” is a super strong opener for the album, and “There Is No Other Time” is a catchy-cool, retro-yet-modern number that possesses the enviable ability to worm its way into your brain and haunt your every waking moment in the best way possible. In contrast with the loud vocals and upbeat echoing riffs of the rest of the album, “Liquid Light” is a vocal-less track, with a pleasant dreamy sound that stand outs out like a shining gem.
Klaxons is a unique band, often described using a range of adjectives, as everything from “sci-fi punk” to “New Rave”. With a reputation for extreme creativity, and an often indefinable quality, this new album walks the fine line between maintaining the integrity of the band’s established sound, while inviting the interest of new fans. And it definitely succeeds. But while Love Frequency is a strong addition to the Klaxons’ discography, it hardly reaches the memorable heights of its predecessors.