After a wait so long to a point where we thought it would never be happening at any rate, Slowlight‘s debut album has finally arrived on the scene, titled The Only Thing I Want Is To Know What I Want. Say that three times fast. So following such patience and anticipation from everyone, is it worth it in the end?
They open up amply with Full On Empty, where the guitars are strong and the bass is delightfully crunchy. We like the smooth melody of the title track, but unfortunately the song goes on way too long and overstays its welcome due to a repetitious nature, eventually reaching a stage of monotonoty.
Thankfully, they recover considerably with the highlight, Blackout. In addition to being so catchy, Colin takes charge in the candid verses, while the great chorus is topped by commanding harmonies from Beth.
They blast the ears with the harsh and aggressive Prison, after which the interlude Cucumber serves as a nice bridge to Pretend For Real, featuring a mild rhythm and notable lyrics.
Strange Shapes adds a punchy dose, and the intensity only spurs with Turn The Knife, especially with the vocals. The riffs are solid in Let’s Plagarise – which has a brilliant intro, by the way – before Tiger Science provides a quelling finish to the record.
Despite some scattered inconsistencies throughout, Slowlight’s first full-length release is overall an entertaining one that certifies their worth and is sure to delight those who indulge in the punk and emo genres.
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