Album review: Evermore - Follow The Sun

By Lydia Jenkin

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Evermore are in a more celebratory mood on Follow The Sun. Photo / Supplied
Evermore are in a more celebratory mood on Follow The Sun. Photo / Supplied

They've been releasing album since they were teenagers, but four albums in, Follow the Sun may be the most youthful sounding Evermore album yet.

Their last album Truth of the World was something of a concept album, full of observations about a mediated, controlled world, sometimes cynical and sometimes tongue-in-cheek, but three years on they've decided to go with heartfelt sentiments and a celebratory mood.

It's possibly also their most diverse album, with the trio cherry-picking from different genres - one minute they're doing U2-esque guitar riffs and sweeping vocal melodies on A World Without You, next they're taking on R&B beats and a catchy rhythmical chorus on Hero.

First single Follow the Sun has a triumphant Glee vibe, all about the empowering catch phrases ("lift your eyes and follow the sun"), and references American high school days with its military drum beat and faux horn lines. Run Away introduces some 80s inspirations with heavy synth chords and power-ballad drumming before Hey My Love overlays a dance beat with ukuleles and vocal harmonies and reaffirms Evermore's status as a band whose songs are regularly placed in TV drama wedding scenes.

The military-esque percussion seems to be a new favourite flavour, also appearing on Pieces along with sweeping orchestral backing, lots of strings, and some "naa-na-na-naa-naaas".

They change it up again with That's the Way which takes its cue from folk, and perhaps an Irish jig or hoe-down, which is actually quite charming in its driving optimism, and lets eldest brother Peter take lead vocals for a change, with more emphasis on interplay between their three voices.

Self-recorded and produced at the brothers' own studio in Australia, Follow the Sun is as glossy and full of sunlight as any big pop record (think of Fun or Owl City as previous 2012 examples), with strong vocal takes and hooks aplenty.

But it comes across as a little sanitised, lacking in attitude, and though it'll please those who enjoy Glee's endless themes of self-affirmation, the loved-up, "we can overcome anything, positivity is the key" vibe is a little wearying after 11 songs.

Stars: 3/5
Verdict: Self-empowering Glee vibe overwhelms the strong hooks and youthful enthusiasm

Click here to buy Follow The Sun by Evermore.

-TimeOut

- NZ Herald

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