Much-anticipated debut album matches the hype...
'Blossoms'

Mysterious boys in a band who wear their hearts on their sleeves; meet Blossoms and their self-titled debut album.

Blossoms have proven that its okay to be open about heartbreak, as ‘Smashed Pianos’ demonstrates so well. Although the majority of ‘Blossoms’ seems to revolve around love (or lack of it), the album still resonates with a uniquely Northern attitude.

Kicking off with the ever so popular ‘Charlemagne’ gives the album a radio friendly vibe, never a bad move but somewhat on the predictable side. Tried and tested fan pleasers are placed at the beginning of the album, allowing a nice surprise when ‘My Favourite Room’ changes tack and gives it an essence of delicacy.

The second half is much more stripped down than the first, which tends to be flooded with sound. The focus is very much on Tom Ogden’s vocals, showing a vulnerability that the album needed to make it soar through the charts.

Blossoms have a sound that brings garage rock and pop together, and their debut is worth filing alongside Temples, The 1975 and Catfish and the Bottlemen.

Not every track on the record would make as strong a single as ‘Charlemagne’ but with an album that flows so well, its nice to have moments that break up the lively nature of the album. Blossoms have produced an album of perfectly structured songs accompanied by strong lyrics that tell many tales to the large cult they seem to have already acquired.

8/10

Words: Georgia Ivey

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