Can The Lazy Birds write proficient music? Absolutely. Is their music enjoyable and accessible? Sure. Do they have the knack for crafting blues-driven riffs that are both intimate and fun? Yep. But does their self-titled EP The Lazy Birds exhibit the same catchiness and novelty of the acts they draw from? Unfortunately, no. The Lazy Birds’ EP is fun, but lacking that certain something to make them stand out in a genre of music as muddled as any today.
There’s plenty to enjoy in these five Beatles-inspired tracks, to be sure. The first track “Deconstruction” is catchy and dynamic for what it sets out to be. The tempo change in the pre-chorus is especially enjoyable, and there is even some bass slapping in the bridge—if you’re into that sort of thing.
Then there’s “A message for you,” with its upbeat tempo, happy-go-lucky vibe, and wonderfully catchy guitar riff. The guitar work is notable here as the combines a fuzzy distorted lead with clean strings. On top of that vocal performance solidifies the song as one of the most enjoyable on the EP.
“Just in love” slows things down, but doesn’t enter ballad territory, before transitioning into “Look at yourself,” with its catchy lyrics of introspection. He sings "Look at yourself inside a bubble, Or look at yourself and burst a bubble, And you find the love you need inside your heart, Don’t throw it away in the dark".
But for all the EP’s assured guitar playing and fun vibes, it yokes its genre ambitions to bands like The Beatles, The Strokes, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers—groups that have been duplicated, copied, imitated and repackaged about as much as Apple’s iPod. To be sure, The Lazy Birds’ EP is a fun 18-minutes at best, likeable at worst.
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