12 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

TEEN have played with several styles over the years, from rubbery, Erykah Badu-style R&B (The Way and Color) to punky psychedelia (In Limbo). Love Yes finds the Brooklyn quartet settling on shimmering, atmospheric New Wave that’s part-Prince, part-Bangles—artists whose nervy energy always had a sexual edge. Opening with a loping, dreamy story of an unfaithful husband reckoning with middle age (“Tokyo”), the album explores variations on a theme of desire, from the primal thump of “Animal” to the alien power ballad “Another Man’s Woman,” two highlights that prove the band hasn’t been messing around so much as slowly refining their sound.

EDITORS’ NOTES

TEEN have played with several styles over the years, from rubbery, Erykah Badu-style R&B (The Way and Color) to punky psychedelia (In Limbo). Love Yes finds the Brooklyn quartet settling on shimmering, atmospheric New Wave that’s part-Prince, part-Bangles—artists whose nervy energy always had a sexual edge. Opening with a loping, dreamy story of an unfaithful husband reckoning with middle age (“Tokyo”), the album explores variations on a theme of desire, from the primal thump of “Animal” to the alien power ballad “Another Man’s Woman,” two highlights that prove the band hasn’t been messing around so much as slowly refining their sound.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
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Derk_klitz13

Animal 🙄

This song alone ruins the entire album, this is the most annoying, awful song I've heard in my entire life. The only reason I've heard it in the first place is because it plays at my place of work constantly and is almost suicide inducing. The main focal point of the song is a heavily detuned crappy synth that makes ones ears bleed. Do the world a favor and remove this song from existence.

About TEEN

Taking their moniker from a shortened version of frontwoman Teeny Lieberson's name, Brooklyn's TEEN incorporate everything from psychedelic rock to '90s R&B into their experimental pop. Started in 2010 by multi-instrumentalists Lieberson, a former Here We Go Magic member who made and released TEEN's lo-fi, home-recorded debut Little Doods in 2001, the band soon included her sisters Lizzie and Katherine, and their friend Jane Herships. The women began crafting a sound in keeping with some of the other thriving styles at that time -- girl group-inspired noise pop, pulsating tribal electronics -- that also recalled past luminaries such as Galaxie 500 and the Velvet Underground. After adding Maia Ibar to the fold, the quintet signed to Carpark and enlisted Spacemen 3's Sonic Boom to produce In Limbo, which arrived in August 2012. The Lieberson sisters and new bassist Boshra AlSaadi returned in April 2014 with The Way and Color, a more focused set of songs that blended inspiration from D'Angelo and Erykah Badu into its psychedelic sounds. When it was time to make their fourth album, the band wrote songs in locations as far-flung as Woodstock, NY and a cabin in Kentucky, and recorded with producer Daniel Schlett (who also worked with TEEN on The Way and Color) at the Old Confidence Lodge, a secluded studio in Riverport, Nova Scotia. The results became 2016's Love Yes, which deepened The Way and Color's explorations of identity, spirituality, and sensuality. ~ Heather Phares

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2010

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