Warpaint : Warpaint

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Warpaint : Warpaint


I am a little bit tired of bands titling their second, third or fourth album ‘self-titled’. A self-titled album, in my humble opinion, is strictly for a band’s debut long player. You only get one chance to introduce yourself, from there a band must offer some kind of thematic evolution with each release otherwise it’s a slap in the face to your original fans by saying, “Oh, this is our real sound.”

Warpaint’s sophomore album Warpaint is good but if this is what the band feels to truly represent Warpaint, as opposed to 2010’s debut The Fool, then I am disappointed. Admittedly, three-and-a-half years is a long time and the ‘Paint seem to have discovered a new bunch of bells and whistles to accentuate their droll yet completely radcore psych-girl-rock sound, but seriously, if it ain’t broke?

The inexorable thick guitar picking of Keep It Healthy is a good start for the album, starting off where the their breakthrough single from 2010, Undertow, finished. Emily Kokal’s vocals still sit back in the mix with a slight phase giving her an almost American Indian chat-like etherealness.

Love Is To Die breaks into a post-punk canter under-laid by a new romantic rhythm giving the song a well-timed inconsistency that builds then falls into a sombre chorus of “Love is to die / Love is to not die / Love is to dance, love is to dance”.

The two aforementioned tracks (two and three) get Warpaint off to a tantalising start but from here it kind of gets lost in overproduction, with Kokal’s voice breaching the realms of toned down musicality and entering a caterwaul. However, this is still a good album from an excellent band.



Best Track: Keep It Healthy, Love Is To Die.

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