Album #149: Hinds – The Prettiest Curse

  • Released: 2020
  • Origin: Madrid, Spain
  • Label: Lucky Number
  • Best Track: Good Bad Times

I’ve wondered before how Hinds will deal with getting older. Their music is so youthful, they just come across as four friends having a laugh together. How will their music mature? Moreover, do we want it to?

The answer, displayed on third album The Prettiest Curse, appears to be a generally more polished sound and a leaning towards pop. You’d think that would put me off, but actually the more melodic tracks are some of my favourite on this record.

First track ‘Good Bad Times’ is the best and most obvious example. There’s a real ’80s vibe to this one. An adjective that comes to my mind when describing it is “pointy”, and I’m not sure why. It’s a great tune and a fine opener for the album. It’s nice to hear some smatterings of Spanish in their lyrics for the first time too.

The changes aren’t wholesale though, and lo-fi tracks like ‘Take Me Back’ and the rousing ‘Burn’ wouldn’t have been out of place on the first two albums.

The girls sound like they borrow the odd riff from Pavement, and none of them are going to win an award for their singing. Indeed, they often sound like they’re trying to outshout each other rather than attempt any kind of harmony, but I like that. It’s fun and celebratory. And despite doing something a little different on this record, Hinds maintain a sound that’s unmistakably theirs.

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