Noah and the Whale: LAST NIGHT ON EARTH

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Noah and the Whale - Last Night on Earth

Ian Birnam discusses tracks from Noah and the Whale's latest album.





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The most difficult part of making an album is finding a sound that sets you apart from the ever-growing sea of mediocrity. For most bands, the third album is usually the charm. However, Last Night on Earth shows that Noah and the Whale have officially become lost in this dull sea.

Earth attempts to fuse the styles of their previous albums, Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down and The First Days of Spring, with a heavy stream of synths and drum machine pulses. However, Earth doesn't capture the soothing, multi-instrument sea-folk sound of Peaceful, or the darker, intimate tone of Spring. Instead, the album sprinkles droplets of each style throughout a swamp of synth melodies.

Tracks like "Life is Life" exemplify this mundane style with synthesizers and drum machines overpowering any other sound. With the absence of folk strings or intimacy, these tracks demonstrate how Noah and the Whale have lost all sense of who they are as a band.

Although tracks like "Old Joy" ditch the electronica vibe, the album as a whole sounds like it was recorded by a typical band that solely relys on synths and machines. The lyrics and notes that resonated intimate feelings or narrated a nautical journey have been lost at sea.

Noah and the Whale have conformed to the flow of corporate radio. Peaceful worked to set them apart from the pack, but they have decided that following the pack is easier than leading it. If you love all things that include synthesizers and drum machines, Earth may be worth a listen. Otherwise, don't bother rescuing this beached whale because it is already dead on the shore of monotony.






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