Reviewed by: Rebecca Robinson
The new album by White Arrows, In Bardo, is a textbook example of evocative talent.
In Bardo begins with heavy vocal use and transitions into more instrumentation as the album progresses. Clear and crisp lyrics dominate the majority of the songs, making it obvious that the few instances of slightly muddled lyrics are deliberate. Each song has a set mood, or mood transition, that is expertly portrayed by White Arrows. At times it seems as if the songs are about to veer into depression, but the up beat music and turn of lyrics rescue the listener. The entire album feels like an emotional journey, although it is not always clear where the journey will end.
This album is ideal for an evening of introspection that is more likely to lead to dusting off that resume than sobbing your heart out over a glass of whiskey.