I’ll make this quaint, LANY has always sounded like how it felt to watch pouring purple and pink paint on an empty sheet of paper (yes, visuals have their sounds)… you can’t tell if it’s hypnotic or if it’s just a pretty facade. Their 2020 album named mama’s boy was a 14 track collection that had one sound… and I literally mean one sound. All the songs sounded the same, and in terms of its writing: most songs felt like they were inscribed by the same writers of CW’s Riverdale.
Theoretically, one reason why it even appealed to an audience was probably because of the ever so present guitar and drumbeat. Must be so unique. The sad part is, LANY had a really strong 2016 EP with kinda’s genuine writing and seductive beats. I lived through that in high school; listening to it again now the lyrics definitely had a better diction and the semantics of each song made so much more sense than mama’s boy. From “you!” all the way to “good guys”, the songs are just eargasm, good try on the lyrics though! But it’s in “bad news” where the album drove off a cliff. It just felt like a Youtube parody that was cloaked in their usual synth-pop color, hence appealed to their fans.
It could be because I always felt they knew how to work a launchpad, but there’s something about this album that screams glum… not the ‘yearning’-kind the ‘oh dear God we get it dude’-kind.
2/10: Sad straight boys said they’re valid and LANY is their spokesperson!