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Album Review: Sheppard - Bombs Away (2014 LP)

Sheppard have had an incredible run of late. Not only do the youngsters have a #1, smash hit, they also have an ARIA nomination under their belt. So, it is about darn time that we have a full-length release from them. Appropriately entitled Bombs Away, the album is everything we hoped it would be and more.

It is fitting that the album opens with "Geronimo". We all appreciate what an incredible track this is and how it has given the Brisbane band the exposure their needed to set them on the journey. Why not lay it down first, so that it can open up the floodgates for the rest of the tunes that are to follow?

The bands' follow up single, "Something's Missing", also follows up on the track listing. It opens with frontman George's, mellow low vocals in a beautiful ballad-esque style, before the kick drum starts and his vocals soar into his upper register. While it starts off ballad-esque, it's actually a super groovy tune that has all the making of greatness.

I am so glad that the band decided to include their previous single, "Let Me Down Easy" on the album. It is a genius track and with its inclusion in the album, it will find a whole new audience. The simplicity of the song coupled with the gorgeous chorus harmonies make the song just a joy to listen to. It comes to the point in the album where Amy Sheppard gets to showcase her frontwoman talents. "A Grade Playa" has a completely different feel from the rest of the album. It utilises more of an electronica vibe in contrast to the pop/rock feel that the previous tracks present. Amy's vocals are so flawlessly powerful and when the key change occurs, a little bit her magic is bestowed upon the listener.

"Smile" is just too cute. Every time I listen to it, an uncontrollable little grin appears on my face and I am totally okay with this. The chorus is stupidly catchy, and couple that with the second, no lyrics, chorus? Awesome. What would they have sounded like together at the same time though! That would have been awesome! There seems to be a lot of relationship themed material in this album as a whole. I'm not saying that this is a bad thing at all, I mean, it makes for great song writing inspiration. Just ask Taylor Swift. We had a couple of very internal tracks, "The Best is Yet to Come" for example, but when we get to "Find Someone" we really delve deep into the angry/passive aggressive stage of a break up. And you know what? It fucking rocks.

My favourite new track on the album has got to be "Lingering". While it is softly stated and doesn't have all the 'bells and whistles' that the other tracks have, it has a certain je ne sais quoi that makes it oh so good. And the harmonies? Gorgeous.

If there's one thing that I have to say about this band, it's that they can write a bloody good song. Each track is memorable, and has that undeniable pizzazz that is oh so evident in "Geronimo". Sheppard are certainly no one trick pony, but they definitely know where their strengths lie and this definitely plays to their favour on Bombs Away. A killer record.

Review Score: 9 out of 10.

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Bombs Away is out now!