Confes - 4AD
FILTER Grade: 85%
By Zachary Sniderman on August 8, 2012
Twin Shadow’s sophomore album has been buzzed as a second coming, hedging that George Lewis Jr.—the band’s axeman, frontman and effete ladykiller—will reclaim rock the same way The Strokes did in the’00s, just with a little more hair gel and synth. Or two. Or eight. Twin Shadow’s first album, Forget, was as slick and cool as they come, borrowing some aspects from the growing glo-fi movement with killer guitar riffs and a healthy dash of funk. Confess, loosely themed around a motorcycle accident Lewis had about six years ago, won’t disappoint, but it’s not nearly as much fun. The songs are slower, denser, more introspective and Lewis’ lyrics more overtly romantic. Most songs manage to name drop Lewis’ heart or tears in some way, but despite some melodramatic duds, Confess is still an exciting follow up from an enormous talent. It might not save rock, but it will make your lovesick, DayGlo night.