Hearts and Unicorns is mix of grungy guitar riffs and beautiful melodies. Annieâ€™s vocals resemble those of PJ Harvey but with a little bit more of the Kathleen Hanna feel. The opening track and current single Kevin Is Gay (which apparently was named so as to entertain Micah during rehearsal) is a catchy, more pop like song. Something you can nod your head and sing along to!
Second track, Cordial Invitation, is a wandering dreamy song, full of feeling, quiet and easy to listen to. Next itâ€™s â€˜This isnâ€™t itâ€™, popular with radio stations and its obvious why. â€˜Love, love, love, this isnâ€™t it, love, love, love you wouldnâ€™t know it, if it hit you,â€™ sighs Annie in the chorus, sounding almost exasperated.
YFLMD, which is an abbreviation of â€˜you fuck like my dadâ€™ is so far my favorite track on the album. The simple but addictive riff immediately stood out to me. It has a darker feel than the songs preceding it and a lot of atmosphere and power.
Bursting in on our ears High Friends in Places is a fantastic tune which gets right on with it. The lyrics here are also interesting; the general songwriting on the album is far more interesting than anything else Iâ€™ve heard on the air ways recently.
The pace drops as we reach the songs â€˜Youâ€™re full of shit (check out my sweet riffs)â€™ and â€˜Everythingâ€™s Worseâ€™ but picks straight up again with a brilliant drum intro into â€˜My Dick Suxâ€™. Another brilliantly simple and addictive riff in this a perfect punk rock song, resembling the likes of Nirvana and Hole. The album draws to an end with the heartbreaking â€˜Smashingâ€™ and then â€˜slayerâ€™, finishing with the just plain weird â€˜Shine, shine, shine / mango mongoâ€™.
Review by F.M.