Ernest Jenning (2016)
I've been waiting for a new Title Tracks record for a very long time. Their last LP In Blank is one of my very favorite records of the last ten years, but this follow up has been a long time coming. When you take five years between albums, that's a lot of anticipation to build up, plus the fact that I was such a gigantic fan of the last record puts Long Dream in a precarious position. Luckily, Title Tracks really come through and Long Dream is pretty fantastic.
The album starts of with an incredible one-two punch of "Low Cool" and "I Don't Need To Know." Both show Title Tracks at the very top of their game. They lean more towards straight up power pop than their last album, but they are every bit as fun and catchy as anything the band released previously.
From there we hit something of a roadblock on "Empty Heavens." This one is slower, has an 80's feel to it and kind of grinds the album to a screeching halt. I'm not sure where this song came from exactly and why it is featured so early in the album. If this was maybe the last song of the record it would make a little more sense contextually, but placed in the third position it's a real momentum killer.
Luckily, after "Empty Heavens" Long Dream picks back up and never lets go, dishing out great song after great song. When Title Tracks are on point, very few bands can touch them. Even though at the end of the day, I probably like In Blank a little bit better, Long Dream is a very worthy successor. It's easily one of my very favorite albums of the year and and I have a feeling that I'm just going to like it more every time I listen to it.
Title Tracks - Long Dream: