Duplicate songs and no album purchase? UK Google Music user here, I can see 28 songs, some are "album only" and I can't search the album directly. Not available in the UK yet? :( I've heard most the songs already so I can already say this is a fantastic album :D
They returned, they rocked, they conquered Alt-J's sophomore album is nothing like AAW. Reminiscent of the sounds that made it so popular TIAY embarks on a new territory Yes it's still ∆ But I wouldn't call it an evolution They have yet to evolve in their sound. Even after the departure of bassist Gwil Sainsbury the trio has attempted to move forward. Left Hand Free will stick out like a sore thumb. A track that obviously does not fit-in w/ this masterpiece of an LP Regardless, it's good to have them back and I can only anticipate their next release
Seeing them grow. I remember listening to their first album when it was released. Amazing. Left me speechless and I enjoyed every song. I feel prideful because this is the first band that I've followed from the very start and seen grow into something grandiose. Gives me chills hearing Left Hand Free on the radio. Alt-J are special to me and this album continues the uniqueness that is Alt-J. Thanks for another solid album guys.
Their return couldn't have been better From the experimental, catchy intro to the end, alt-J never fail to entertain and be inventive. They still blend genres like crazy and reference the Wu-Tang Clan, Blue is the Warmest Colour and older songs, they still get the weirdest but best-working ideas like sampling Miley or the cut-and-paste vocals, and the French or impromptu lyrics are here more than ever. alt-J have changed, but in a good way, which makes this a worthy follow-up to An Awesome Wave, if you ignore the existence of Left Hand Free.
No Sophomore Slump A great follow-up that really shows that Alt-J are committed to their vision. They go even farther away from a generic sound on this album and (just like all great albums) it takes some time to hear all the intricacies within. More instruments , less vocals and hooks, overall a great album. Plus I love the organ piano. Must hear: Nara - Every Other Freckle - Hunger of the Pine - The Gospel of John Hurt - Bloodflood pt. II
Fewer interludes does not equal better album This album is a slight disappointment but there are enough quality tracks to recommend this for purchase. However, it is a solid but distant second to 'An Awesome Wave' for me because 'This Is All Yours' just has to many lulls throughout the album to keep me fully engaged. The reduction of interludes (from 3 to 1) is not an improvement because the interludes on An Awesome Wave fit nicely but this album just has extended lulls in its place.