Album Review – ‘In Love’ by Peace

If you’re a fan of originality, this album ain’t for you.

After the Birmingham Indie Rock group dropped their EP (‘EP – Delicious’), a massive hype was created around them – many saw them as being a ‘Vampire Weekend’ kind of band, with plenty of complicated guitar riffs and complexity.

All of this hype, and listeners were greeted with a weaker album than expected – by no means was it a bad album, and it continued with the same consistency as their EP, but it wasn’t as experimental and thought-provoking as people were hoping for. The song writing often seems very lazy, and it is often guitarist Douglas Castle keeping things from descending into a chaotic cover album.

For those Britpop fans out there, you’ll be glad to hear they take a lot of inspiration from bands like Blur, Oasis, as well taking influence from bands like the Stones Roses and Primal Scream.

It’s all very nice, bringing back the songs of the early 90s, and throughout the first half of the album you’re thinking “hmm, maybe we do need a 90s revival”, but when you carry on going it moves from influence/revival to just recycling. ‘Waste of Paint’ is almost a straight rip of ‘There’s No Other Way’ by Blur, down to the extremely similar baggy drum beat. Furthermore, ‘Float Forever’ could have been easily taken off one of the Gallagher brothers later albums, along with ‘Sugarstone’, the repeated melodies bringing a sense of deja vu. It’s not by accident that the band are subconsciously writing remarkably similar songs, as ‘Higher than the Sun’ makes direct reference to psychedelic Primal Scream song. All of this really takes away when you’re trying to listen to album – you’ll constantly be pointing out “oh, ______ sounds like –insert Britpop song here-“, and you’ll ask yourself if Peace are actually trying to make their own album. For anyone with a slight interest in 90s music, it’s an extremely difficult listen.

It’s not all bad news though, as, if you don’t mind the blatant copying of riffs, beats, and piano lines, the lads actually play their songs convincingly, and they pull off their trying on of different styles very well – ‘Wraith’ comes close to reminding me of one of those staple Britpop songs you always get on the compilation albums, and with ‘Delicious’ and ‘Float Forever’ being quite catchy (so much so I’m often humming them to myself), you can see why they have a decent following. My favourite song on the album is ‘California Daze’, which also featured on ‘EP – Delicious’ – the mindless soloing always get me pumped when I listen to it, and the little verse riffs were so catchy I wanted to go and find some tabs to learn them. I guess they do Britpop some justice…

All in all, a disappointing album, largely due to the great expectations surrounding it – fans of their EP will not be disappointed, but it’s a no go from me.

This article was written by Mo Hafeez

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