10 Songs, 32 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After a brief breakup, Lydia have fully regained their artistic stride, as Devil convincingly demonstrates. Wistful yet clear-headed lyrics, atmospheric instrumental work, and abundant chorus hooks define the Arizona band’s fifth album, evident in the swirling shuffle of “Knee Deep,” the nervous tumble of the title tune, and the folksy lope of “Runaway.” Leighton Antelman’s bittersweet vocal presence pervades the album, giving songs like “Back to Bed,” “Holidays," and “From a Tire Swing” a heart-tugging quality that lights up even the moodiest track. Though melancholy in feel, Devil ultimately attests to Lydia’s vitality and ambition.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After a brief breakup, Lydia have fully regained their artistic stride, as Devil convincingly demonstrates. Wistful yet clear-headed lyrics, atmospheric instrumental work, and abundant chorus hooks define the Arizona band’s fifth album, evident in the swirling shuffle of “Knee Deep,” the nervous tumble of the title tune, and the folksy lope of “Runaway.” Leighton Antelman’s bittersweet vocal presence pervades the album, giving songs like “Back to Bed,” “Holidays," and “From a Tire Swing” a heart-tugging quality that lights up even the moodiest track. Though melancholy in feel, Devil ultimately attests to Lydia’s vitality and ambition.

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