10 Songs, 33 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Noah & The Whale have long been labeled folk-pop, but for record number three, the "folk" part of that tag is best retired. Gone are the harmonium and ukulele, and in their place we find crisp synth notes and percussion that snaps with authority. Even the piano seems more commanding, almost strident. If the synths throw N&TW fans off at first, we advise you to hang in there. The breezy, Tom Petty–esque feel of many of these upbeat tunes are in a completely different direction from the melancholy of The First Days of Spring and NATW's organically hewn debut, Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down, and it's well worth getting lost in. Main guy Charlie Fink still sings as if he's thinking out loud—just throwing stuff out there in a half-shouty, half-resigned kind of way—but clearly there's been a breakthrough after the misery of Spring. Last Night inhales with a more hopeful outlook and exhales with a dismissive brush-off of the wrongs of the past. "L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N." and "Tonight's the Kind of Night" burst with optimism and are ridiculously upbeat, sing-along tunes. Let Last Night lift you up.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Noah & The Whale have long been labeled folk-pop, but for record number three, the "folk" part of that tag is best retired. Gone are the harmonium and ukulele, and in their place we find crisp synth notes and percussion that snaps with authority. Even the piano seems more commanding, almost strident. If the synths throw N&TW fans off at first, we advise you to hang in there. The breezy, Tom Petty–esque feel of many of these upbeat tunes are in a completely different direction from the melancholy of The First Days of Spring and NATW's organically hewn debut, Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down, and it's well worth getting lost in. Main guy Charlie Fink still sings as if he's thinking out loud—just throwing stuff out there in a half-shouty, half-resigned kind of way—but clearly there's been a breakthrough after the misery of Spring. Last Night inhales with a more hopeful outlook and exhales with a dismissive brush-off of the wrongs of the past. "L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N." and "Tonight's the Kind of Night" burst with optimism and are ridiculously upbeat, sing-along tunes. Let Last Night lift you up.

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