Album Notes - Kaleo - Surface Sounds

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Kaleo. Sounds like a combination of two diets. In this case it would be "heavy helpings of 70s blues-based rock and 90s alternative" along with a side of "soft acousticness." The Icelandic quintet return with an album delayed a year and now half a decade removed from their debut. Much like last week, it's another sophomore effort that is essentially a sequel of its predecessor, following the rock/folk sequencing split of A/B. Again, if you liked that 2016 LP, step right up. On Surface Sounds, there are a number of quality tunes, but nothing the band hasn't done before, except, perhaps, the dancy vibes on "Hey Gringo," calling to mind Miss You-era Rolling Stones. Overall, a lingering feeling upon repeated listenings is one of more questions raised about Kaleo than answered, as a certain rock and roll "paint by numbers" aspect pervades the album, especially lyrically. That said, there's something here I can't resist. 

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