Daughter's new album, Not to Disappear, is out today and let me tell you, it is a real treat. I should probably clarify that statement, it is a treat, but not in the way you might think. This isn't a happy album, nearly the opposite. I think the best way it could be described, would be to say it's tragic.
Because of this, I've noticed a lot of early reviews had mixed reactions. Some took it for how it is, and others felt an album shouldn't be so heavy. This won't necessarily leave you feeling warm and fuzzy, but it's hard to not appreciate the brilliant musical and lyrical crafting on this album.
The album starts strong with the track New Ways, along with the two singles previously released, Numbers and Doing the Right Thing. Doing the Right Thing may be one of the more meaningful tracks on the album for some people, as it hits on the heavy topic of alzheimer's and dementia. It can be a tough track to listen to, but is beautiful in its own way.
Later in the album, songs like No Care and Fossa come up. These are probably the biggest deviations in sound on the album from previous releases by Daughter. The faster beat they bring really helps mix up the album, at just the right time. The lyrical content in these two tracks wouldn't be described as happy, but they don't feel as heavy as the rest of the album.
I can't say much more about this album other than to say I think it's absolutely brilliant. It's sad, but unashamed. It tackles the harsh realities in life, love, loss, emotional pain, and even emotional numbness. It's rare for an album to have such a serious tone, and you almost have to be in a certain state of mind to listen and get everything out of it. Take the time, listen, and soak it all in. This is a must listen, by one of the most interesting bands currently making music.
Essential Tracks: Alone / With You, No Care, To Belong