Lord Huron – Vide Noir

Lord Huron has finally released an album after his single “The Night We Met”, and it’s definitely something to talk about.

“Lost in Time and Space” starts off very ethereal before Huron goes into a predictable tale about his girl leaving him. “I guess she’s gone for good / She don’t call me like I thought she would / She went west to chase her dreams / She took my money, but she didn’t take me.” It’s not a bad song by any means, just one that has been heard before.

“Ancient Names” parts 1 and 2 are good. Part 1 is a slow burn, and part 2 becomes crazy and sporadic. I’m not sure why it had to be split into two parts. Part 1 is six minutes long, and can be cut down a bit. And part 2 doesn’t sound as good unless you get the buildup from part 1. I see what Huron was trying to do, but I think it fell short.

“When the Night is Over” is hands down the best song on the album. The song is mainly bass and cymbal taps, with a hint of guitar and percussion towards the end. The band seems to be purposefully restraining themselves, making you wait in anticipation for the end when they let it all go. I hope Huron explores more songs like this in the future, because it was very well done.

Other than that, most of these songs are utterly forgettable. I understand Huron wanting to release a new album while there’s still momentum from his single in 13 Reasons Why. However, I feel like if this album had a couple more months to polish the lyrics and add some more complex instrumentals it would’ve turned out so much better. At times it seemed like Huron was channeling Brandon Flowers from the latest Killer’s album, which just made me want to listen to that album instead.

I really hope Lord Huron doesn’t become a one-hit-wonder. I guess I’ll keep my fingers crossed as I wait for his next album.

By: Monica Brich

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