Sunday Star-Times - - MUSIC REVIEWS - – Kate Robert­son

Mal­ibu Nights (Poly­dor) ★★★

If you love a gory breakup al­bum, Lany’s sopho­more record will more than scratch that itch. De­tail­ing front­man Paul Klein’s breakup with Dua Lipa in graphic de­tail, there’s more in these nine tracks than in an E! True Hol­ly­wood Story. Sub­ject mat­ter aside, it’s a nice record. Nice enough to have on while you’re cook­ing din­ner, but not nice enough to have you seek­ing it out time and again.

I Don’t Wanna Love You Any­more, Thick and Thin and Valen­tine’s Day pack a punch, while the other six tracks cush­ion them but, at times, feel a lit­tle beige. A hazy, soft pop record rich with the brand of LA cool Lany has be­come known for, add Mal­ibu Nights to your ‘‘Sum­mer Chill’’ playlist.

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