The Delines - The Imperial
Jan 27, 2019
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Oddly enough, the thing that works best about this album is the cover. Hear me out. The image of an old, beat up car in a vacant lot somewhere, yet nowhere in particular, is exceedingly striking. We need this kind of image recognition, because it adds to the cinematic scope of some of these vignettes, and makes them much more vivid.

I like the fact that the album tells the stories straight, with no frills, and an expert level of unemotional narration. The facts are there, the names are there, and Amy Boone’s singing is wonderfully understated enough for you to fill in some of the gaps yourself.

The scope of this album is a grand one, but at times the songs remain a little timid and a little too ambient for my taste. They would be better suited for a dive bar, smoky and hazy, with one or two people in the room to enjoy, all to watch the clock hit three in the morning. It's a vivid album, but definitely not as impactful as it could have been. But I liked it.
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