This Is All Yours [2xLP]
One major difference between Alt-J and past "New Radioheads" ... is that they don’t sound particularly miserable.
Like their debut, An Awesome Wave, it’s an ambling, entrancing listen – full of songs that blur weird folk and electronic zoinkiness, classical filigree and straight-up rock, scrambling in all directions as singer-guitarist Joe Newman sings in a pillowy Kid A warble. Their name was inspired by a Mac keyboard shortcut. Talk about getting your Yorke on.
That nod to the world of pop says a lot about this band. Some of the most enjoyable music on This Is All Yours is the simplest, kindest and funniest – songs like “Warm Foothills,” a rustic ditty with chopped-up vocals from Conor Oberst that’s only a hayride away from Mumford & Sons, or “Left Hand Free,” which sounds like a loopy alt-rock hit from the Nineties, with a Southern-fried beat and some low-fi guitar action. You’ve gotta love a band that writes a drum-heavy space-folk hymn (“The Gospel of John Hurt”) inspired by the actor who had a monster pop out of his gut in the movie Alien. These guys know that alienation works best when it’s a little bit fun.
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