ALBUM REVIEW: Missing Persons – Hollywood Lie

ALBUM REVIEW: Missing Persons - Hollywood Lie

‘Hollwood Lie’ begins with a flourish of natural keyboards earlier than the trademark synth and signature drum sounds kick in adopted by Dale’s voice with that robotic intonation – all of it sounds identical to it ought to – identical to Missing Persons of their 80’s pomp over again! ‘King 4 A Day’ that follows is simply merely stunning New Wave Pop that sounds prefer it’s 1982 once more! Now some bands attempt to eschew their previous or no less than construct on it, or roll the cube and take a trip in one other route, however in 2023 Missing Persons really feel like they’re embracing the early 80’s with each arms, and in the event you beloved these traditional early information then this you’ll love too!

‘Film Star’ is just a little darker, just a little dreamier and has a hypnotic chorus that works splendidly nicely earlier than we segue into the extra angular ‘Castles In The Sand’ that shimmies earlier than that acquainted synth slides in and underlines that signature sound. It’s a beautiful set of songs to open with.

Sadly for Missing Persons after their actual second within the solar with 1982’s ‘Spring Session M’ for some motive the critics at dwelling within the U.S. then by no means actually embraced them once more, however for a few of us on the market these releases from that first EP to ‘Coloration In Your Life’ had been priceless synth pop that also stack up as we speak. ‘Hollywood Lie’ is so shut when it comes to sound and songs that it might have been that subsequent document had the band not break up. It’s indisputably the very best launch since their heyday.

‘Fortunate’ retains that mid paced beat going and sounds simply nearly as good and the half spoken ‘As a result of Of You I’m Crying’ is simply so damned laid again cool, the form of factor you could possibly think about Debbie Harry tackling. ‘Fading Away’ provides some extra darkish Pop and ‘Circles’ mixes it up with a spoken phrase opening as Dale spits out the phrases over a wave of synth and extra spoken asides. It could be the one which divides listeners however works with its trancelike digital backing and evokes Missing Persons at their most experimental.

First single ‘Ice Blue Eyes’ is the whole antithesis of it’s predecessor with chugging guitar and hook, it’s as shut as we get right here to the sheer pleasure of ‘Spring Session M’ and immediately transports you again in time. It sits splendidly uncomfortably towards ‘I Can’t Take It Anymore’ which once more opens with a spoken phrase and nursery rhyme-like lyrics and opening chorus. It’s traditional Missing Persons.

The album closes with the half spoken ‘Gatsby’ a music the place phrases punctuate an everyday synth sample, it’s on the ‘artier’ finish of Missing individuals’ canon and one which’s not ensnared me fairly but. It’s an odd method prime exit because it simply leaves you hanging. however it’s so far as this listener is worried the one misstep right here.

‘Hollywood Lie’ is the actual return of the ‘Missing Persons’ you liked and simply the very best they’ve sounded since these string of 80’s classics. When you’re a fan, depend the times until eleventh November!

8 / 10

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