The album, set to be released this Friday, is a mixed bag of pop inspired rock that sticks quite easily and slower tunes that mostly work – there is some awkwardness in a few songs.
At first listen, the trio seems to pick up right where they left off, that is on a fun-filled car ride full of silly, sing-along-to lyrics and melodies that make you smile.
Things get a little side-tracked when NP mix in the slower, half ballad “Lovers in a Song” and “15 Dreams.” These tunes, while altogether not bad, just don’t stick out as much.
The album stutters momentarily with “50 Feet Tall." It's a perfectly OK song, but the lyrics just don’t do it for me.
Their album hits its stride though with “Loyalty Among Thieves,” which incorporates the best of catchy pop lyrics and foot thumping rock and roll. This song is especially fun to hear live, by the way.
New Politics hit the brakes again, and the boys segway into “Stardust,” a ballad sung by guitarist/pianist Soren Hansen. This slow song sticks better than I thought it would, with a melody that falls somewhere in between the band’s songs “Overcome” and “Stuck on You.”
The album ends in a whirlwind of sound that is “Strings Attached,” a fast wheeling simple blur of a song that ends before you even knew it started.
All in all, the lyrics aren’t quite what you’d expect, yet not surprising for the young band. Vikings definitely has its moments, but falls short here and there, just nearly missing the mark.
Vikings will definitely please faithful New Politics fans, and it’s an easy enough listen to get into. It’s also worth noting that the band members themselves are delightful little goofballs who put on a hell of a show.
You can stream New Politics album here. To order Vikings, you can visit the band's website.
Essential tracks: “Everywhere I Go (Kings and Queens),” “Loyalty Among Thieves” and “Pretend We’re in a Movie.