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Album Review: LAHS by Allah-Las

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Allah-Las is an American indie rock band consisted of four different members. LAHS marks the band's fourth studio album. While I have always known about Allah-Las, I have never had the chance to sit down and listen to one their albums, even though they have been on my "listen to list" for a while now. Now, with the release of LAHS, I had the chance to sit down and give them a chance, and I definitely wasn't disappointed.

The album starts out with Holding Pattern. There's an easy guitar groove going on at the very beginning. Right off the bat, this reminds me of some old-school classic rock, as well as something you'd listen to at the beach. Even the vocals are reminiscent of classic rock in the 70s. In the middle of the track, there's a break for a distorted guitar solo. As someone listening to Allah-Las for the first time, they definitely hooked me in with the first track.

After that, there's a rough transition into Keeping Dry. The track starts with a twangy guitar and an upbeat feeling to the track, which is polar opposite from the last track. The track talks about catching a flight or a train, and that they might see this person at a different time. It's an okay track, but the abrupt transition ruined it for me.

In The Air marks the next track on the album. Not sure if they did this on purpose, but after each chorus, they play a similar guitar lick that is similar to the first track off the album, Holding Pattern. Again, this track is glossed out with plenty of guitar melodies and solos throughout the track. It's a quick and fun track overall.

Next, we have Prazer Em Te Conhecer, which translated from Portuguese to English is "nice to meet you." Definitely has a similar twangy vibe to this track, just like Keeping Dry. Then towards the middle of the track, they have a nice transition to a slower paced melody.

One of my favorites from this album is Roco Ono. While being an instrumental track, it really showcases the talent of all of the members of the band. I love the washed out and reverbed guitar, with the psychedelic influences on this track. Definitely something you would relax and listen to on a nice summer day.

The last track slowly fades out and into Star. There is definitely influences from the last track that are played out on here, but this is more "spaced out" than the last track. During the verses, they mention looking down at the stars on the street. This could be a reference to the Walk of Fame in Hollywood since they are based out of California.

Halfway through the album, we have Royal Blues. It's a short track, just a little over two and a half minutes. The track opens up with some inaudible acapella voices. Overall, it sounds like just a fun and silly track to break up their normal sounds they have been displaying on the first half of the album.

After that we have Electricity. It's another short track, clocks in just under three minutes. There's really nothing new with this track since they keep up the same style and technique they've been using the entire album. Honestly, it has been getting a little boring, even with a short track.

Next, we have Light Yearly which changes things up on the album. At the beginning of the track, they have a small country/folk influence with the "swooping" string instruments in the background. On this track, the singer talks about this person or thing that has a hold of him, but he also says that they're here today, but will be gone tomorrow.

Polar Onion brings us back to the laid back guitar vibes that are shown throughout the album. This track basically talks about being defeated, even when you're trying to survive.

One of the last tracks on the album is On Our Way. I really the love the chord progression through the choru; the vocals and the instrumentals. While it is still in their normal style, it is a little more unique with the chorus.

Houston is the second to last track. It is a short and quiet instrumental track. The track eventually sets us up for Pleasure which opens up with a soft acoustic guitar. Again, this is another track that is in a different language, I believe it is in Portuguese.

Overall, definitely not a bad time listening to Allah-Las in full for the first time. However, the laid back, psychedelic guitars might be too much for you at times. If you're a fan of classic rock, I would definitely recommend checking out this album. Let me know what you think of this album in the comments!
Overall Rating: 6/10
Favorite Tracks: Holding Pattern, Roco Ono, On Our Way

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  1. Interesting that you would review this album without having listened to their other albums in order to compare/contrast/make connections/ trace their evolution as a band.

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    1. I’ve had the chance to listen to their other albums now, but it was my most anticipated album of the week when it was released!

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