Today Echosmith dropped their latest album Lonely Generation, which thanks to YouTube ads I got to listen to for free. 😉
If their name doesn’t ring a bell…the band (three siblings: Sydney, Noah, and Graham) is best known for their 2013 hit “Cool Kids,” which used to be played in stores a lot. It’s a good song, though my personal favorites by them are Tell Her You Love Her, Safest Place, Nothing’s Wrong, and Over My Head. I wouldn’t call myself an Echosmith fan, but they have an upbeat sound with non-explicit lyrics, and I like to see what they’re up to.
Lonely Generation starts off with a single by the same name—a song about zoomers (Gen Z) and how the internet has affected their lives and relationships. As a millennial I found this song relatable, too, and it’s definitely the most catchy off the album.
We’re the lonely generation
A pixelated version of ourselves
I’ve disconnected, now I’m by myself
The rest of the tracks are pretty consistent with the Echosmith sound. I found some new favorites, which I’ll share below. Quite a few songs do suffer from a lack of originality, which has been my main quibble with the band in the past. It’s not that they can’t write a really great song (see examples above), but so many of their songs in general are just not memorable to me.
But I’m getting ahead of myself… here’s the track list:
- Lonely Generation
- Shut Up and Kiss Me
- Last Forever
- Everyone Cries
- Scared to Be Alone
- Lost Somebody
- Love You Better
- Follow You
- I Don’t Wanna Lose My Love
Some of these songs weren’t my cup of tea (“Diamonds” and “Shut Up and Kiss Me”)…again, on a scale of mediocre to original, they were kind of “meh.”
What was really interesting to me was the overall darker nature of this album, a return to the deeper (and sometimes sadder) bent of their older songs while still keeping their retro vibe. I really liked “Cracked” and “Everyone Cries,” which both fit the Lonely Generation theme:
Heart broken down the middle
So lost and don’t know why
(Petition for Sydney to start a side gig where she just sings ballads—anyone?!)
On a brighter note, “Lost Somebody” is a high-energy bop about getting your heart broken (for reals), and “Follow You” is primed to make the rounds of 2020 weddings:
And I, I thank God for you all the time
Someone who knows my faults
But loves me despite them all
Overall I give Lonely Generation 3/5 stars—a decent, middle-of-the-road album. They’ve proved they can do a variety of genres, but I’d love to see Echosmith pivot to a softer sound or even full acoustic, which seems to be their strength.