Album Review: Years & Years - Communion

Years & Years bring that all important human touch to their massive pop anthems.

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Since heading up DIY’s Class Of as fresh-faced cover stars at the beginning of 2015, Years & Years’ light-speed rise has been stratospheric. From early single ‘Real’ - which the band released on early-adopting French label Kitsuné - to their major label debut ‘Take Shelter,’ and break-out radio hit ‘Desire,’ it’s all chronicled on ‘Communion,’ a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed joy of a debut album.

‘Communion’ finds togetherness and unity in its dancefloor euphoria, but Olly Alexander is frequently torn-up, pained, and lonely instead. It takes an incredibly deft touch to steer around cliche, and make the popular lyrical fodder of heartbreak sound all shiny and fresh, but hitting like a teary end of night snuggle, or an strobe-drenched night of putting hurt to one side, ‘Communion’ has nailed it.

Broaching love, lust, power-dynamics, jealousy, and heartbreak along the way, Years & Years bring that all important human touch to their massive pop anthems.

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