Blossoms – Blossoms Review 


Blossoms have been labelled as many things – ‘another attempt at lad-rock’, ‘an Oasis remake’, and, most offensive of all, ‘psychedelic.’ However, their eponymous debut seems to make all these statements redundant. The album is an intermingling of sizzling pop synths and a safety net of subtle yet punchy rock hints, making it the ideal album for those willing to expand their music taste.

The first three tracks seem to provide a different angle to Blossoms’ sound, keeping listeners intrigued to see what they’ve come up with next, yet nothing ever seems out of place. First off is the Radio 1 favourite Charlemagne, made instantly captivating by the chimes of the synth intro reminiscent of an 80s martial arts movie. The track boasts an incredibly catchy chorus sandwiched between snappy verses you could recite the lyrics to after a couple of listens. And at a cool 2 minutes and 47 seconds, the band could not have chosen a more entrancing first declaration of their un-Oasis-ness. At Most A Kiss follows, still parading similar 80s twinkles, but this time with a more obvious rock element. The bass is more forceful, and a stern guitar hook ties the bridge to the final chorus. Completing the opening trilogy is Getaway. The tracklist dissolves the profound synths one by one; Getaway, unsurprisingly then, is much more settled than one and two. This angle I am going to liken to The Script. Not only does lead singer Tom Ogden sound like Danny O’Donoghue with a tickle in his throat most distinctively here, but the track takes on a more pop-based approach, with more simplistic lyricism and a chanting chorus. However, the track never disregards a degree of rock effervescence, similar to The Script’s methodology, yet more 80s powered. After the first three, most of the succeeding tracks seem to dip into the approaches the trilogy explores. Texia and Cut Me and I’ll Bleed follow the framework of Charlemagne. Blown Rose and Blow are more reflective of At Most A Kiss, whereas Getaway’s predecessor Honey Sweet is mostly The Script.

Despite this, there are some tracks that diverge from these agendas. Smashed Pianos is a starlit track: from the opening underwater-like synths to the closing seething build, the song is fairly haunting and very different from any of the other numbers. My Favourite Room is the most telling of their unjust Britpop status, with an admittedly Wonderwall-esque acoustic. This track is the one that draws the most similarities to the grungy 90s. This stripped-back number focuses of Ogden’s powerful vocals, laced with sweet harmonies from his bandmates, supported only by acoustic chords and the glimmer of keys towards the end. Concluding track Deep Grass is formed by flickering synths and an echoic hook, making this track their most electronic on the album and a possible signpost for more robotic explorations in the future. And as the track fizzles away with the quivering synths, all the critics and journalists labelling Blossoms as a purely Britpop band are forced to withdraw their statements.

Blossoms have created an extremely promising debut, with glimpses off pop, rock, indie and no-nonsense nostalgia. Such a mixture of styles makes for an appealing tracklist for all sorts of music enthusiasts, and has justified their place of the BBC Sound of 2016 shortlist.

Blossoms – Blossoms: 8/10

By Eleanor Chivers

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