10 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Little Dragon love to surprise. Their 2014 LP Nabuma Rubberband featured ominous New Wave synthesizers, nods to Japanese game shows, and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. That you never know what to expect from the four-piece is part of their appeal, but it can also create distance; it’s hard to get invested in a band that’s still finding itself. But on their fifth album, the Swedish outfit seems to have settled into their sound, a breathy mix of ‘80s dance-pop and downtempo ’90s R&B stirred together with artsy flair. It’s fluid, flirty, and awesomely escapist, like a blissed-out stroll through strobe-lit clubs. For polished pop, check out “Celebrate (Feat. Agge).” And for proof they haven’t lost their edge, listen to the spacey, seven-minute “Gravity.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Little Dragon love to surprise. Their 2014 LP Nabuma Rubberband featured ominous New Wave synthesizers, nods to Japanese game shows, and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. That you never know what to expect from the four-piece is part of their appeal, but it can also create distance; it’s hard to get invested in a band that’s still finding itself. But on their fifth album, the Swedish outfit seems to have settled into their sound, a breathy mix of ‘80s dance-pop and downtempo ’90s R&B stirred together with artsy flair. It’s fluid, flirty, and awesomely escapist, like a blissed-out stroll through strobe-lit clubs. For polished pop, check out “Celebrate (Feat. Agge).” And for proof they haven’t lost their edge, listen to the spacey, seven-minute “Gravity.”

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
59 Ratings
59 Ratings
Mr.Love707 ,

Next time?!

Not what I expected from them but I wasnt feeling this album. I love this band and hope they continue to push out that electric soul funk!

MeganLalalas ,

Not up to par

Nabuma Rubberband was an instant classic. Almost every track on that record was essential. This one is more like Ritual Union for me. One or two worthy tracks on the whole record. Disappointing.

mnrromero ,

Great follow up

Overall a good release- "Sweet" sounds like it is straight off of a 90's Deeelite album and I love it!

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