Review: No No No by Beirut

No No No by BeirutWe’ve perhaps gotten used to Beirut pushing their sound in recent albums, turning it into a lush yet occasionally pastoral soundscape of alt-folk and whatever you want to call it. Their latest, No No No, seems to be an antidote to that. Zach Condon and gang stripped it all down to the basics, an answer to the vocalist’s own turmoils in the months leading to the record’s productions. The results, well, depends on how you approach the record. Clocking in at just under half an hour, No No No keeps the wistfulness, but feels could feel too ethereal to have an impact. Tracks fly by as soon as it settles in, and unless you were paying deep attention (and it’s likely you are), it would all seem like a blur. On the flip side, No No No is a much needed antidote, not so much a drastic change but a prerequisite respite before things pick up again. In that frame, it’s an simple yet exquisite release, and there’s lots of fun to be had. [NB] | 4/5

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