Despite not yet having a confirmed title, we here at PopWrapped have been fortunate enough to have a sneaky listen to Animal Years’ new EP due out next year and this latest collection really does demonstrate just how far they’ve come during their time together.
Opening with their latest track “Give It Up” which has a rather distinct country twang to it, it gets off to a strong start, although it gets even better when the full band instrumentation kicks in and I dare you to try and resist not singing along to the –“woo-oooh” that litters it.
“Friends” maintains the momentum and is lyrically more simplistic – it could be argued that this weakens the song, but I for one would disagree. Instead, what it does is help present a track that will work well live and as a result, encourage plenty of audience interaction. In following up with “Home (I Was Born”), the standard does slip a little, but not so much as it impacts the overall enjoyment that collection has offered up to this point. The track might come across as a little too country for some, but the vocal certainly can’t be faulted.
Meanwhile, “All Mine” offers up the rockiest number of the EP, proving, should anyone doubt, that the band aren’t just one trick ponies and fearful of experimenting with genres and styles, although such experimentation, as demonstrated through “Islands”, does hamper the track somewhat, making it the weakest of the six on offer.
Fortunately however, the band find their rhythm again and close out the collection with the thumping, energetic and downright fun number that is “Let Me” – it shows off the group at their slick, entertaining best and will no doubt get fans excited for their next release.