On Something, chillwave’s obsession with wonky New Age keys and effects mingles with the put-up-or-shut-up vocal brass of ’90s R&B, while honest-to-goodness songcraft stirs the pot.
While there is clearly a lot to praise about Something, it’d be untrue to say that it doesn’t have its moments of deflation.
A major creative leap, but on a superficial level, it's not that different from their debut.
Once again Chairlift displays a potent blend of smarts and charm
It also gave the duo optimal time to make a killer synth-pop genre piece.
Our flashback to a dead decade has thrown up both guilty pleasures and glistening horrors.
The songwriting has clearly become much more adventurous, and Chairlift has refined a pleasant but ultimately forgettable sound into a more potent, memorable version of that same sound.
With Something, Chairlift haven't so much redefined their sound as papered over the cracks with an added coat of emulsion for good measure.
Something is one smooooth ride on a luxury liner which rarely has you reaching for your lifejacket or sickbag.
Something is a generally enjoyable, but nonetheless generally unremarkable next step for the band.
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