Album Review: Twentytwo In Blue by Sunflower Bean

Posted by Bianca on Friday Mar 23, 2018 Under Album Review

Reviewed by Zak Edwards

It was with great excitement that Sunflower Bean’s second album Twentytwo In Blue, arrived at the Gig Junkies’ HQ *virtually last week.

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Since hearing the latest offering ‘I was a Fool‘ from the brilliant Brooklyn trio, I’ve been a little obsessed with the band and was more than a little wired to delve into the album to see if it maintained the the same feeling of positivity and quality throughout. Needless to say I wasn’t disappointed.

I was a Fool is a pretty little ditty which takes you back to the halcyon days of the Sundays, Strawberry Switchblade and the Cocteau Twins, combining tuneful melodies with twin male/female harmonies. A delightful ‘walk through the meadows on a hot summer’s day’ of a song, a really lovely feel good number and a great opening single.

As is often the case with the awkward second album, I was expecting more of the same, but was pleasantly surprised at the diversity of musical genres contained within. Early Sheryl Crow and rockier numbers more akin to late Sonic Youth nestled together like perfect bed fellows with the ethereal sounds of aforementioned bands from the 1980’s.

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Photo by Hollie Fernando

‘Burn It’ a bouncy opener epitomising Crow on her self titled album whilst ‘Puppet Strings’ seemed to offer more than just an nod to T-Rex’s Metal Guru. I wouldn’t be surprised if this is the groups next single as the chorus is ‘oh so catchy’.

Despite all this positivity from the majority of the album, the band still had time to deliver a political message with their second single ‘Crisis Fest‘ which was seen through the lens of the American political climate of 2016 and 2017 and proves they are a lot more than just ‘jingle jangle’.

Score: A solid 4 out of 5

Twentytwo In Blue – released 23rd March 2018

Track Listing:

Burn It
I was a Fool
Twentytwo
Crisis Fest
Memoria
Puppet Strings
Only a Moment
Human For
Any Way You Like
Sinking Sands
Oh No Bye Bye

UK Tour Dates:

22/2 – London, UK – The Jazz Cafe
24/3 – Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
26/3 – Norwich, UK – Open Norwich
27/3 – Birmingham, UK – Hare and Hounds
28/3 – Newcastle upon Tyne, UK – Riverside
29/3 – Leeds, UK – Wardrobe
30/3 – Manchester, UK – Gorilla
31/3 – Liverpool, UK – The Magnet
01/4 – Glasgow, UK – Stereo
03/4 – Bristol, UK – Thekla
05/4 – Brighton, UK – Concorde 2
06/4 – London, UK – Koko

*Virtually meaning arriving in a digital format as opposed to ‘almost’. The latter would have meant writing this review would have been near impossible.

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