Over the last 18 months, there is not a band out there that I have listened more to than Deaf Havana. So, when they announced a new album, of course I was excited. I have listened countless times to the singles Cassiopeia, Sing, Trigger and St Paul’s and I loved all those songs. So now here I am with the new album and my expectations are through the roof. They have always had a knack for great melodies and the autobiographical lyrics on 2013’s Old Souls really struck a chord with me.
I read that this album might not have existed due to internal and financial problems in the band, but they decided to soldier on and boy am I glad that they did. This is a band that have changed style a couple of times, most prominent was the drop of a screaming vocalist years back, as well as the folk influences they had during the last album. Here, they seem to combine all these parts into something new for them, but still with some trademark Deaf Havana sound and honest lyrics. It is probably the darkest sounding album they have done, but you know what? It fits them very well!
We also get one of the heaviest riffs I have ever heard from the band in single Sing, but it works very well! I have a hard time finding favorites here, because all songs are great and with a good variation, so I doubt you will get bored easily with this album. Fever is also a quite heavy sounding song with some fuzzy feedback in the end. Other great songs are Seattle, Trigger, L.O.V.E. and, you know what? There is not a single weak song on here. Just listen to third single St Paul’s, it even has a great guitar solo that could make you knees weak. But ok, if I must choose a song that is a bit weaker than the rest I would say Pretty Low.
This album has everything that you could ever want from Deaf Havana. If you have been following the band from the start, you simply cannot miss this. It is a big step away from Old Souls, but that does not mean that it is a step backwards. Instead it showcases everything that they have picked up during the previous years and albums. I know it is super early in 2017, but this is already a contender for album of the year in my books. I just love the melodies, hooks and the heartfelt lyrics. Welcome back guys, please don’t ever go away again!