Bad Self Portraits
Reviewed by: Sebastian Mackay
At times, slow and meandering and at others, lively and energetic. Bad Self Portraits is a dynamic album. It’s a lot of fun to listen to and makes me think of fireplaces, bear skin rugs and whiskey. Each of these tracks has a great amount of groove that will result in various amounts of compulsive booty shaking. Not to mention one hell of a vocal performance. If you’re a fan of Lake Street Dive you’ll love this album and if you aren’t yet, after one listen you will be.
It does have a few moments of feeling a little on the long side but one thing is for sure; cutting these songs in length or from the record would be a near impossible and unenviable task. The quartet bring enough variation and beautiful lyricism to stop the album becoming boring.
Tracks such as “Use Me Up” exhibit the slower side of the album while the title track is a triumphant sounding groove touched lightly with an edge of sadness. “Seventeen” has a get up and dance feeling with a beat that will make its way into your bones and hang around there until you too “got the feeling.”