The New Zealanders, The Naked And Famous, have released their third studio album, Simple Forms, to some great fanfare and it is all warranted. The now Los Angeles-based band has been putting out a unique brand of electro-pop since 2007, but the current effort is the most complete and lyrically sound.
In the past, a case could have been made that The Naked And Famous were trying too hard to be famous and at times lost their sound during parts of their albums. Simple Forms is a complete album with a consistent sound that makes sense. The instrumentation is less muffled and clearer.
While The Naked And Famous are not unknowns, they will certainly emerge as major players in 2016 and into 2017 with this strong effort. There is continuity from track to track. “Higher,” the opening song, is exactly what is expected from the Kiwis. It is a high energy and dance-inducing and helps make the transition from “Hearts Like Ours” into their current sound. Check out Simple Forms and you will not be disappointed.
Simple Forms by The Naked And Famous is available on iTunes.
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