Take Good Care 5/10

UNCUT - - New Albums - BUD SCOPPA

New Or­leans-based band hits and misses on fol­low-up to smash sin­gle

The nos­tal­gia-soaked “Wish I Knew You”, The Revivalists’ 2015 US al­ter­na­tive chart­top­per, raised the bar for the vet­eran group, and they em­brace the chal­lenge as their fourth al­bum un­folds, lin­ing up a se­ries of ra­dio-ready tracks, in­clud­ing lead sin­gle “All My Friends”, “turn[ing] the hour­glass over” on “Wish I Knew You”; “Change”, with its Black Keyslike crunch; the sup­ple, vividly drawn “You Said It All”; and the scald­ing rocker “Oh No”. But af­ter a scin­til­lat­ing eight-song run, the record drives off the cliff, killing the mo­men­tum with re­cy­cled lyrics and tele­graphed hooks, so what might’ve been an ir­re­sistible 10-track al­bum turns into a 14-track dis­ap­point­ment. An editor would’ve made a huge dif­fer­ence.

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