Review: This Is All Yours by alt-J

This Is All Yours by alt-J“Pastoral” is not an adjective I would use to describe an alt-J album, but that is the first thing that came to mind after first hearing This Is All Yours. The English band’s sophomore album still has – still is – subdued electronica and a hint of melody that makes things accessible. But the record feels more organic, more natural, and more playful, like the guys eased up on the tension (which is what An Awesome Wave felt like at times) and just got down and made music. The result is an interesting mix of typical alt-J (“Hunger of the Pine”) and warmer-than-usual alt-J (“Warm Foothills” and “Left Hand Free”) that manage to be more compelling than their previous work. No sophomore slump here. You might have assumed that the band could only do much to their sound, but then they outdo themselves. [NB] 4/5

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