Reviewed by: Samantha Weinraub
Remember in the final scene of Hair, when everyone streams onto the grassy field, and “Let the Sun Shine” plays in the background? That is the visual title track “Love Letters” conjures. I dare you to try and not bob your head along to the upbeat “LO-VE LET-TERS” chorus, also the name of Metronomy’s newest collection of songs. The entire album, Love Letters, is a pop-infused, electronic and British sound of the future.
Opening track “The Upsetter” is a grooving ballad that’s pleasant to hear. The track “I’m Aquarius” opens with synth pop that is reminiscent of the Postal Service. By the end of the song you’ll be left wondering (rather sarcastically)…which zodiac sign is the singer? Around the 2 minute and 30 second mark, you’ll have heard the word “Aquarius” too many times to count, just a warning. Except that I did count, and it nears sixteen. But I hope that didn’t tarnish the track’s shiny image, because it’s a funny, futuristic tune, and who doesn’t love songs about love not being in the stars?
Much like the album’s cover art, Metronomy’s Love Letters sounds like a dreamy dance party in a neon cloud somehow electrically charged with flashing strobe lights. Like the poppier, electronic Belle & Sebastian songs of The Life Pursuit, Love Letters is a fun album full of danceable beats.