Album Review: Local Natives – Hummingbird

posted by on february 25, 2013 at 11:30 am in Album Reviews

Local Natives - Hummingbird

our rating

6.8

(eh)

key points

  • it has potential
  • easy listening
  • slightly boring
  • little variation

key tracks

  • you & i
  • heavy feet
  • breakers

songs from the album

you & i
heavy feet
breakers

alec’s review

flow
7
originality
6
listenability
6
my score
6

This sophomore album is a solid effort that is sure to catapult the Local Natives into the spotlight of 2013. With tight songwriting and an array of instruments, the band continues to blend genres and create music that isn’t meant for a restrictive label. At times if feels like indie rock, at times it feels like psychedelic rock, at times it feels like folk. Which is great. However, even though everything is written, played, and recorded well, this is not an album that particularly excites me, and I instead find myself distracted often. Maybe it’s the seemingly passive singing, or the emphasis on slower beats, but nothing jumps out from the songs; they mostly blend together and are sometimes undistinguishable from each other. Still, there is plenty of great music to be had here so if you’re in the mood for an album that doesn’t require too much attention, spin this record.

Impression: Great, if slightly boring, album from a rising band with a lot of potential.

alex s’ review

flow
9
originality
7
listenability
8
my score
7.5

One thing about Hummingbird by the Local Natives is that it starts on a good note and ends on a good one. However, most of the songs in between are somewhat lackluster. The songs are in no way bad, and are actually quite nice to listen to. However, it seemed like I spent the majority of the time listening to the same song. You can obviously tell this is a very talented band with much potential, however there was little to no variation in the songs. The songs that did stand out though, You & I, Breakers, and Bowery, were very entertaining and I found myself listening to them multiple times after the first start to finish play through. Hummingbird is the definition of an easy-listening album. It’s the kind of music you listen to when writing a paper, not the kind you play to celebrate finishing a paper.

Impression: Hummingbird is a great go-to album when you want to relax and enjoy some good music. There isn’t much variation in the songs, but that does not in any way mean that it’s not a pleasure to listen to.

alex h’s review

flow
7
originality
6
listenability
8
my score
7

The Local Natives did not disappoint with their second album. Having been a fan of their previous album, I was excited to see what they had in store on Hummingbird. Starting off fairly strong with You and I, they keep with their last albums pattern of soothing vocals and heavy drums. Unfortunately, this pattern continues for a hefty portion of the album – I think a little variation could do well for them. Still, this album is good choice for anyone who likes good music. The album has a few moments when the vocals really give the listener chills and it’s in those moments that one can see this band has a future.

Impression: The Local Natives are a solid band through and through. This album doesn’t change the world,  but it produces plenty of good tracks that most anyone can enjoy.

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