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Moose Blood - ‘Blush’

David McLaughlin
David McLaughlin 4 August 2016 at 13.12

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It's finally here! 

After months of waiting, Moose Blood's second album has arrived. Here's what we thought of it!

Following the cult, sleeper success of 2014 debut album, ‘I’ll Keep You In Mind, From Time To Time’ was never going to be easy. Countless relatable lines and rousing choruses made it the first proper British entry into the all-time emo canon, firmly establishing Moose Blood as one of our best-loved bands. More of the same would be a cop-out and a total change would be a disaster, but ‘Blush’ hits the ultra-sweet spot, slap bang in the middle. 

As lead singles ‘Honey’ and ‘Knuckles’ attest, the Canterbury quartet haven’t lost their knack for pairing punchiness and poignancy, even if the guitar lines and melodies feel more buoyant this time. The subtle shift towards positivity suits just fine and covers these songs in a summery sheen, in contrast to the debut’s relative autumn-turning-to-winter vibes. It’s not a one-note affair, though – ‘Pastel’ and ‘Glow’ proudly stride and bounce, before the comedown of ‘Shimmer’ and ‘Spring’ crush your heart into a million pieces. 

Again, frontman Eddy Brewerton’s earnest delivery of simple, diarized sentimentality makes it feel like he could be singing about your very own life. Which is where the key to this band’s boundless appeal lies. And ‘Blush’ is a damn-near perfect encapsulation, not to mention one of the year’s standout releases.

If emo really is a gang, now’s the time to join.

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