The band of the ex-Amoeba employees left the surfing boards aside for a while, bottled the indolence of their world and threw the bottle named ‘Worship The Sun’ in the ocean.
1. De Vida Voz 2. Had It All 3. Artifact 4. Ferus Gallery 5. Recurring 6. Nothing To Hide 7. Buffalo Nickel 8. Follow You Down 9. 501-405 10. Yemeni Jade 11. Worship The Sun 12. Better Than Mine 13. No Werewolf 14. Every Girl
Release Date: 16 September 2014 Label: Innovative Leisure Tracks To Notice: Had It All, Worship The Sun, Better Than Mine
California, sun and vintage guitars. Allah-Las return with an album full of this garage-rock-revival atmosphere enriched with specks of modern pop they first presented us a couple of years ago. The band of the ex-Amoeba employees left the surfing boards aside for a while, bottled the indolence of their world and threw the bottle named ‘Worship The Sun‘ in the ocean.
Fourteen songs with guitars having the leading role accompanied by either soft piano at the background as in ‘Ferus Gallery‘, or more intense drumming as in ‘No Werewolf‘. The latter, though not being something extremely special, is one of the most catchy songs in this album and along with the former and ‘Yemeni Jade‘ are the three instrumental tracks you’ll find here. Those aside, Miles Michaud does sing and he seems to be doing it deliberately slow, but never too slow. It feels like he’s surfing his voice on the guitar waves, even when the tempo increases a bit like in ‘Better Than Mine‘, one of the best moments of ‘Worship The Sun‘, with a touch of country music.
Nick Waterhouse is the producer once more and the whole album is in the same style, fact that might tire part of their fans, but still the vast majority of the songs are far more than decent. ‘Had It All‘ stands out, dipped in melancholy, sounding like a regret for things lost (“I had it all, but it all just came and went faster than I could have the time to separate the bad from good“). Forgetting ‘Better Than Mine‘, ‘Worship The Sun‘ lacks a vivid song that would probably made their sound more attractive for a greater audience. Bands like the Temples from England have accomplished something like this with their first album ‘Sun Structures’ in a quite similar style to the California boys here.
Despite that, Allah-Las are becoming more and more popular as they build their audience with concerts around Europe, as they rightfully should having their second decent album. However, it feels that this road of monotonous repetition they’ve taken so far dosen’t lead to somewhere in particular and certainly most of their fan base won’t be willing to follow them wherever that will be. ‘Worship The Sun‘ is definitely not a bad album at all but it’s not the best follow-up to their much more enjoyable self-titled debut.