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Album Review: Jump Rope Gazers by The Beths

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The Beths are an indie pop and rock band from New Zealand. I first heard about The Beths from their debut album in 2018 titled Future Me Hates Me. While it was an okay debut album, I knew they had a lot of potential especially since I loved a lot of the tracks on the album. When I heard they were going to release another album this year, I knew I had to take a listen to it, and they definitely improved. Jump Rope Gazers marks their second studio album.

The first track from the album is I'm Not Getting Excited. The track opens up with a blaring guitar line that imitates a siren. The beat is so simplistic, but it really works out for them and starts the album off on a high note. The instrumental break during the middle of the song does break up the simplicity. This track talks about not getting excited about something, especially for something in the future, because the lead singer mentions that something could be taken away before that exact moment. I just wish that this track was longer since they could have added so much more to it. Overall, it's a great track to amp us up for the album.

Dying to Believe continues to bring us the energetic and wall of guitars. For some reason, the guitar part leading into the chorus reminds me of something that Vampire Weekend would come up with. During the chorus of the track, Liz talks about how this person is basically fighting for a lost cause, but she is putting up with it regardless. She might not agree with the person, but she doesn't want to burn any bridges.

After that, we come to the title track and the longest track from the album, Jump Rope Gazers. It is toned down a bit in energy compared to the previous two tracks. I really enjoy the lead singer's vocals on this track and they really shine through on here. I am getting a hint of early 2000s pop during the chorus. The track is about falling in love with someone for the first time.

Acrid brings back the energy to the album. It opens up with the simple guitar line again, and some vocals. Another simplistic rock track, but it has it's good moments in there, especially the energy they give out by ending the track. Liz talks about wanting to run into this special person during the chorus. In an interview, she mentioned that the early stages of getting to know someone are the most important.

Do You Want Me Now tones the album down again, but this track is a little more depressive in nature. It's quiet and has a lot of emotion stacked into it. The track opens up with Liz talking about a long distance relationship and how it doesn't work. Throughout the track, she's talking with that person and wondering if they still want to be together. She keeps mentioning how she doesn't like waiting for an answer from this person.

Out of Sight starts with a light and playful guitar line, but then the roaring group of guitars comes in that normally just play during the chorus. The verses and the chorus definitely contrast each other in tone. This track thematically ties into the last track, as that it continues to talk about this relationship. Even if they are growing distant, she mentions that she will always be there for this person, regardless of what happens to the relationship.

Don't Go Away brings us back to the energy that was introduced in the first track, and almost reminiscent of 90s rock. Liz describes this track as a tantrum, which explains the energy and noise produced. This song really has a close meaning to me. Even though I technically moved, this track talks about not wanting her friends to move away. Usually, in your 20s, a good amount of people will want to move somewhere else, and sometimes that is a permanent move.

Next, we come to Mars, the God of War. This is a sequel to an earlier track, Dying to Believe. That track talked about being non-confrontational and just wanting to stay quiet to not make people upset. On this track, she talks about how much she wants to confront this person and just use all the expletives that she can think of. However, she mentions "hitting backspace" on a keyboard and not sending the message in the end.

You Are a Beam of Light is a light acoustic track from the album. There's also a small duo during the last chorus of the track. While it doesn't sound bad, it just seems like acoustic tracks get thrown on towards the end of albums. This track talks about being in darker times, but this person is someone that is 'bright' and means a lot to Liz and the rest of the band. However, something bad could be happening to that person based on the context of the track.

The last track from the album is Just Shy of Sure. This definitely shows the true indie pop sound from the entire band with the instrumentals and laid back vibe. Also, since Liz didn't want to end the album with the acoustic track, she thought this would be the perfect finisher. On this track, she tries to be optimistic about things, especially the relationship that has been presented throughout the album. However, she's not sure how much longer it will last.

Overall Rating: 7/10
Favorite Tracks: I'm Not Getting Excited, Jump Rope Gazers, Don't Go Away, Just Shy of Sure

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