‘ESP’, the 2011 debut album by the Texan group, adopted a similarly spacey sound to The XX, but on this follow-up they’ve broken from that approach. ‘Generation Club’ immerses LeBlanc’s silky, warm vocals in a busy soundscape of synths, fuzzy and strident bass lines, off-kilter guitars and skittering percussion. At its best, this combination works a treat: on ‘Night Lights’, for instance, a sweet yearning melody and insistent bass conjure up summers past, and on ‘I’m Gone’ the guitar comes to the forefront to provide a welcome change of texture.
However, there are just not enough memorable songs here to hook the listener in and keep their attention. In between its best tracks, ‘Generation Club’ slips by with only the changing light outside the window indicating that time has passed. Perhaps Love Inks’ group dynamic has indeed led to a compromise of their aesthetic: this album would be perfect, inconspicuous background music for a cosy couple’s night in.
Rob Caswell, 29, is a sailor from Hackney Wick. He was selected to write this review as part of the Time Out Takeover – a special edition of the magazine written entirely by our readers.Buy this album here
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