13 Songs, 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Grouplove is a band seemingly powered by exuberance and optimism, even at its most bittersweet. The L.A.-based outfit's first album, 2011's Never Trust a Happy Song, beamed its music into the hearts and minds of the willing and enjoyed enormous success. Any band's sophomore release can be a tough one, and to Grouplove’s credit, it didn’t dither and wait five years; Spreading Rumours arrived just as the hottest tracks from its debut were cooling. Grouplove's confidence is justified. Spreading Rumours uses the same components—Christian Zucconi’s endearing pinched wail, rhythm-section parts that inspire handclaps and shouting, cellos and pianos exactly where they need to be—but this time, there’s a little less helium in the mix. The rollicking piano and gales of synth notes in the opener, “I’m with You,” give the tune some gravitas before it takes off in earnest, never to be roped in. A funky itch is scratched in “Borderlines and Aliens” with an insistent, kinetic geyser of keyboard notes.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Grouplove is a band seemingly powered by exuberance and optimism, even at its most bittersweet. The L.A.-based outfit's first album, 2011's Never Trust a Happy Song, beamed its music into the hearts and minds of the willing and enjoyed enormous success. Any band's sophomore release can be a tough one, and to Grouplove’s credit, it didn’t dither and wait five years; Spreading Rumours arrived just as the hottest tracks from its debut were cooling. Grouplove's confidence is justified. Spreading Rumours uses the same components—Christian Zucconi’s endearing pinched wail, rhythm-section parts that inspire handclaps and shouting, cellos and pianos exactly where they need to be—but this time, there’s a little less helium in the mix. The rollicking piano and gales of synth notes in the opener, “I’m with You,” give the tune some gravitas before it takes off in earnest, never to be roped in. A funky itch is scratched in “Borderlines and Aliens” with an insistent, kinetic geyser of keyboard notes.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

Samboy1027 ,

A Stellar Sophomore Album

L.A rock outfit Grouplove has proved that they are a multi-talented and diverse band by taking a step away from the indie rock of the first album, and in a sense delving into their own genre. Spreading Rumours is an excellent album. Stand-out tracks include: "I'm With You, Borderlines and Aliens, Shark Attack, Raspberry, Bitin' The Bullet, and Save The Party." The album should be listened to as a whole though. Lookin' forward to see what this Group does next.

aka_aggie ,

Hmm...

I love Grouplove, but I think this album went a tad bit too Pop sounding. None the less it's still a good album :)

ja23431245213 ,

Terrible

This band has gone down hill so much since their first album. What are they now, a techno band? The music industry is ruining these great bands.

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