ALBUM REVIEW: The Neighbourhood // Self-Titled

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By Lauren Armao

On March 9th, 2018, our favorite alternative-indie rockers The Neighbourhood blessed us all with their third studio album. The band had been teasing a new album throughout this past winter, dropping three EPs – HardTo Imagine, and a combination of the two, titled Hard To Imagine – as well as two singles, Void and Nervous.

The Neighbourhood’s sound has come a long way since their 2013 debut I Love You, incorporating more hip-hop and R&B in their indie sound with their sophomore album Wiped Out! and even more so in this third album. In fact, listening to tracks like Scary Love and Void and older tracks hits like Sweater Weather and Afraid back to back, it’s hard to imagine (no pun intended) that they came from the same band.

That being said, different isn’t a bad thing here. The Neighbourhood have mastered the art of their alternative pop-rock-R&B-chill (what even are genres, anyway?) sound, and they’ve amassed an incredibly loyal fanbase along the way.

In my opinion, the standout tracks on this album are Scary Love, Stuck with Me, Nervous, Void, and Softcore. The only track that I really think is lacking is the opening track, Flowers. I’d still make sure to listen to the album all the way through before making your judgements, but for some reason I always find myself pressing the skip button halfway through that one.

All in all, though, this was one of my most anticipated albums of 2018 (click here to see the full list) and I definitely wasn’t disappointed. I have no doubt this release will make it onto my favorite albums of 2018 list!

Have you listened to the new album? If so, let us know what you think in the comments down below.

If you haven’t….

Go give it a listen: Spotify

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