Lower Dens - The Competition
The Competition
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matteo
75
Lower Dens is an underrated band from the same Baltimore scene that produced Beach House, Future Islands, and Wye Oak. And honestly, imagining a combination of those three bands doesn’t leave you all that far from Lower Dens’ sound. It’s dreamy and mysterious pop rock propelled by shimmery guitar lines and Jana Hunter’s husky, androgynous vocals. Fortunately Lower Dens are like their Baltimore peers in that they also know how to cut through the fog with an anthemic ... read more
Roystor
85
Un álbum muy disfrutable en su totalidad con buena producción muy buen uso del tono-ritmo para jugar con las armonías de las melodías, este es el álbum mejor producido de lower dens por mucho aunque en vocales se queda muy corto y en cuestión lírica igual no llega a transmitir su mensajes de identidad y de las relaciones tóxicas o bueno al menos eso pude yo interpretar. En fin es un álbum muy bueno para pasar el rato muy enganchante ... read more
PaulyZ
72
TRACK LIST:

Galapagos (6.8)
Hand of God (8.0)
Two Faced Love (7.4)
Young Republicans (7.2)
Real Thing (6.8)
Buster Keaton (6.5)
I Drive (8.3)
Simple Life (7.5)
Empire Sundown (7.0)
Lucky People (7.4)
In Your House (7.0)
58
Lower Dens on “The Competition” may have a sleek new sound and more of a love of 80’s Synths than ever, as well as a few really great ideas. But between heartless ballads and trying to do so much with so little, I end up pining for the old days of this band.

Give A Listen To: "Galapagos", "Two Faced Love", "I Drive", "Simple Life”

Least Favorite Track: "In Your House"

Genre: Synth Pop
cfreemon
82
Lower Dens have slowly been embracing more of a pop influence over their past few albums, and now it's paid off in full on The Competition. The beats are a lot of fun on the surface, adding glitzier synths and more upbeat rhythms on the whole. This change to a more exciting sound could've resulted in vapid songs with no replayability, but Jana Hunter's writing and singing still have that knack for meditation that made earlier Lower Dens songs memorable. Jana seems more free here than they've ... read more
SonicDiscovery
70
Lower Dens is a indie pop band from Baltimore that have gone through a gradual softening of their sound throughout their discography. I first became aware of them on their 2012 album Nootropics, which found the band incorporating an indie pop sound that had some accessibility, but still a good amount of experimentation and grittier moments. Then came 2015’s Escape from Evil, which brought up the catchier hooks and put more emphasis on synths and probably has the band performing at their ... read more
CheapandLethal
65
Better stuff out there
ShoegazeJake
85
A welcome continuation down the stylistic path of their previous effort. Containing some of Jana's boldest statements and strongest songwriting.
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