Harper Blynn’s “Loneliest Generation”
“Upbeat, harmonized, and sing-a-long friendly is how one might describe New York-based Harper Blynn. They are a band that is surely popular in the NYU bars along Bleecker St.” -Lindsey WhitefieldLuke Goddard
out of 10
May 11, 2010
Upbeat, harmonized, and sing-a-long friendly is how one might describe New York-based Harper Blynn. They are a band that is surely popular in the NYU bars along Bleecker St.; Plenty of melodic, inoffensive, wholesome sound for a feel-good, raise your glass and join in on the chorus good time.
As songwriters, their lyrics are tepid and the overall sound of the album is a little too…polished. You will get a lot of positives out of Harper Blynn, but if you’re looking for originality, soul, or poetry this ain’t it (the album’s title track is comprised of a repetitive-to-the-point-of-grating cycle of rhythm and chorus).
Standout tracks include wanderlusty “25 Years,” and “All Pretenders” in which the harmonies are downright lovely. “Centrifugal Motion” and “Luck Struck Kitty” will overwhelm you with a feeling of warm nostalgia and sudden urge to dance.
In summation, there aren’t many negative critiques on the album because its sound is just so d*mn optimistic. Whether or not your taste in music verges towards Harper Blynn’s Simon & Garfunkel-meets-MGMT brand of radio-friendly pop, there is something to be said about an album that leaves you humming its tracks with a smile on your face.