Local Natives – Hummingbird

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1. "You & I" 4:22
2. "Heavy Feet" 4:07
3. "Ceilings" 2:56
4. "Black Spot" 4:41
5. "Breakers" 4:09
6. "Three Months" 4:30
7. "Black Balloons" 3:08
8. "Wooly Mammoth" 3:27
9. "Mt. Washington" 3:19
10. "Colombia" 4:50
11. "Bowery" 4:37

Verdict: 3 / 5

Local Natives debut album Gorilla Manor, released in 2009 set the hype train in motion for many in the indie music scene, and set a great stage for fans who hoped to see what the California-based band could produce next. What they eventually gave us just over three years later was an album with greater lyrical intensity; but music that hadn’t especially evolved in any further direction.

Local-Natives review

Hummingbird feels like a very genuine album. This is in the sense that the emotions described within its various tracks feel honest and believable; although somewhat over-angsty at times.

Nevertheless, the band feels fully committed to sharing themselves entirely with the audience, rather than leave any secrets at the door; and that kind of openness can be a breath of fresh air in its own way. However; despite the fact that the tracks range in emotional tone from depressed to upbeat; none of them feel especially dramatic. What I mean by this is that if the album is played in the background, it can often feel as though one track just sort of lists lazily into the next; none of the tracks are distinct in such a way that you go “Oh boy; it’s this one now; and that one next!”

Hummingbird would have an appeal to fans of this style of music; and is not a bad album by any means. However; it does carry the feeling of often being generically “indie” in design; and does not offer much to make it a memorable album to re-listen too years from now.

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