Grouplove - Healer
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Based on 2 reviews
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Based on 99 ratings
2020 Ratings: #1026
March 13, 2020 / Release Date
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Boring and obnoxious.

Stop, what the fuck is that song Expectations. Why is it a song, PLEASE TELL ME! This isn't a review it's an 'Expectations' rant. The song started off alright with the beat. But then the vocals layered on like butter. Not regular butter no! Moldy ass margarine. God this song went on for so long my ears had an aneurysm! Which is impossible! But it happened!

Best Tracks: I don't fucking know. Deleter?
More of a stripped down set closer to the sound of their first 2 LPs, balancing their arty, carefree-fun hippy pop with their ambitions for a younger, more mainstream pop following. A substantial improvement over Big Mess's very arena pop sound which has too many electronic elements and bad songwriting. The Great Unknown was the only song I really DID NOT care for.
The sound of a band flailing for a hint of the appeal that drove them to success with their first albums, but utterly failing to deliver on either the cutesy lyrics or the charged indietronica instrumentals. Unfortunately then, this isn't so much a band healing as it is unsuccessfully patching itself up with used bandages and alcohol. It doesn't work, and they don't seem to be able to spin it into an interesting story either (think the tension that characterised late era Beatles releases).

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The world would be a better place if Grouplove just changed their name to orgy.

Grouplove are a very hit or miss band. It seems with every other EP and album they drop I end up digging a lot of the tracks while on the latter half only LIKING two or three songs at most. When I first heard Deleter I had a little hope that they would take a new approach to their mainstream pop sound that they have nearly down pat. Sadly this hope os nearly demolished before the halfway point.

Healer is easily ... read more
In the roughly 10 years Grouplove has been around they never been able to stand out from the crowd for me but managed to create a strong following so I am always, not necessary excited, but anticipating their next release to see if i can join that group of people who love this band but Healer is the nail in the coffin for me with this band for now. It just so lifeless and stiff. It feels any indie pop band could make this album and nothing distinctive come across and thus it gets left in the ... read more
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Track List

  1. Deleter
  2. Inside Out
  3. Expectations
  4. The Great Unknown
  5. Youth
  6. Places
  7. Promises
  8. Ahead of Myself
  9. Hail to the Queen
  10. Burial
  11. This is Everything
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Added on: January 15, 2020