Reviewed by: Tiffany Taylor
Ditching the noise and congested streets of the city, Teen’s new album Love Yes was written and recorded apart from the busy drone of the city. Instead, it was written in solitude where lead singer Teeny Lieberson focused on herself and expression— leading to an album that tells a full story of the complex lives we live. Playing on this truthfulness of expression, Love Yes was recorded without multi tracking as the band worked together to create a cohesive album. Love Yes is a story about life, love, and identity from beginning to end and with tracks like “Push” and “Another Man’s Woman”, listeners will find themselves hooked.
Love Yes opens with “Tokyo”, and immediately creates a tone for the whole album. Realizing it was important to enter in with a standout track, “Tokyo” immediately leaves the mind searching for more. Finding comfort in the harmonies, the vocals push through the modern and expressive synthesizer providing a unique sound. The sound transcends a sensation that feels oddly freeing as Teen pulls the thoughts and emotions in all different directions.
As Love Yes continues, the dynamic of the songs interact making a relationship between the past and future of the album. Tracks “Super Hero” and “Example” build the action of the album. As each chorus and hook builds, it forces feelings and thought to be a part of every verse. Ending the album with “Push” was indeed the best decision the band could have made. Teen drives home the very emotion they poured into the tracks from beginning to end; truly could not ask for more from such a standout album.
When the album is released on February 19th, I suggest giving some of their highlight songs a listen. You won’t find every song on the top ten charts; however, Love Yes features a pretty wide array of fresh, new songs to choose from. In a perfect world that excluded all finances, responsibilities, and time, I would recommend giving the whole album a listen— find songs to really connect with. Unfortunately, we all have busy lives and a budget, but I’d still be sure to give a few songs from Love Yes a listen.