What is it about pop duo More Amor that makes their music sound so familiar yet unique at the same time? After listening to the band's newly released album, In Spanish, I can easily point out a few other bands that they sound like (Metro Station, Owl City, Jack's Mannequin, 3!OH3, etc). Yet, there's something about the album that distinguishes the band from their more famous counterparts, which, I fail to comprehend. What I do know, though, is that In Spanish is an aural delight and I'm totally digging it!
The record is a compilation of emotions mixed together with electronica beats and occasional acoustic touches. Members Tom Oakes and Kyle Lobeck have once again done what they are best at - making feel-good songs sugary and sweet without sounding insincere and superficial or the least bit cheesy.
Kicking start to the album is pop track, Heart, filled with rhythmic synth beats and harmonious vocals. The melodies of the track is so infectious and catchy, it makes Lobeck's complaints about how tired he is of falling in love, sound cute.
The Start Again began seemingly promising, with soft beats evolving into an upbeat tempo. But as the track goes on, I began dozing off. "You started it / but you won't admit it" sings Lobeck on the chorus on repeat. The next two tracks on the record, Lottery Or Something and Bet It All are far more outstanding, and not to mention, my personal favourites.
Hellos is an example of the impeccable vocal harmonies between members Oakes and Lobeck. While Lobeck's soft voice hits the high notes of the track, Oakes’ deep voice gives the melodies more punch. Another example of their vocal harmonies is the last track on the album, Gold Roads. The stripped-down track ends the album on an intimate note with the sounds of an acoustic guitar and piano, in replacement of all the electronica and synths we heard in the previous tracks. Gold Roads was not only able to showcase the duo's vocal capabilities, but also proofs their versatility.
Consisting of only seven tracks and lasting only a mere 24 minutes, In Spanish is one of those records that you just wish had consisted of more songs. The album may lack lyrically wise, but the catchy tunes makes up for it all that it lacks. All in all, In Spanish is a fun album that definitely deserves a spin!