Album Review: Dananananaykroyd – There is a Way

By on Tuesday, 5th July 2011 at 2:00 pm
 

Dananananaykroyd, once you figure out how to spell their name, (tip: listen to ‘Watch This!’) are, as strange as it sounds, a really quite accessible band. If you manage to catch them at one of their live dates or famous festival shows, which are notorious for their ‘wall of cuddles’, then you’ll instantly be wrapped up in their substream. Based on the incredible amount of fun to be had just listening to their first effort ‘Hey Everyone!’ back in 2009, it’s no surprise they’ve incurred such a dedicated set of fans. But that’s what coming out of a scene that has BSM, Alcopop!, DIY and Wichita all in its circle does to you.

Having taken plenty of time to fix their sound for this new record, Danana have kept in almost all the factors that made ‘Hey Everyone!’ Such an enjoyable record to listen to. Having introduced themselves in the most proper way with ‘Watch This!’, ‘Reboot’ is a powerful reminder of exactly where the Glaswegians stand. Just beyond the line of pop and just before the line of being a rock band, Danana’s new sound is more refined.  In honesty, there’s not nearly much different here, so it’s entirely down to the quality of the tracks to define whether it’s worth your time. The way I see it is that if you managed to avoid boredom listening to the last album, you’ll probably get the same rush as before as this new material isn’t really a step away from anything they’ve already made, nor is it really a progression.

Not that this is a bad thing however: changing their sound could have pushed them too far in a direction that could easily just make them sound like every other band trying to break the scene. The Scots have stayed loyal to themselves and tracks such as ‘Time Capsule’ could very easily be on the debut without anyone questioning it. Lead single ‘Muscle Memory’ is a definitely on the poppier, more radio-friendly side of the album, but there’s not many tracks like this. The highlights of the album come in the math-esque ‘Think and Feel’, which should easily become a highlight of their live shows, and the aptly named ‘E Numbers’ (listen and download it for free below).

The disappointment in this album comes in that aside from the first few tracks, you can’t help but think that the band are running out of ideas fast. There’s plenty of playing around with their layering and lyrical ideas; however, the extent to which this works is a bit questionable. Like so many anticipated albums this year, it could have been a great EP, but when made into an LP, you’re left wondering what the group have spent 2 years furthering themselves as a band has been left. That said, ‘Hey Everyone!’ was such a good album that to follow it with something quite as enjoyable would have been a remarkable feat. So close boys.

6/10

Dananananaykroyd’s latest album ‘There is a Way’ is available now from the band’s own Pizza College label.

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