Years & Years Essentials

Years & Years Essentials

London group Years & Years brought the sound of '80s pop into the '10s, proving yet again that the dramatic power of a smartly placed synthesizer swell never goes out of fashion. The trio nod to the sleek future-pop template set by Depeche Mode and Pet Shop Boys on tracks like "King" and "Sanctify," but keep it fresh by incorporating EDM-style keyboard rolls and pounding beats. Frontman Olly Alexander is a natural-born diva, capable of gliding gently over a minimalist ballad like "Eyes Shut," or bringing a touch of gospel grit to a slow-burning workout like "Take Shelter."

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