Fat Wreck (2017)
I can't ever proclaim to be a Lillingtons super fan or anything like that. I picked up their vinyl box set a few years ago and give those records the occasional spin. Some are pretty good, others are just OK, but I think it's always good to see another take on the sort of poppy punk rock that I tend to favor. I grabbed Stella Sapiente as soon as it was for sale as I knew that I'd want that limited colored vinyl. But after listening to the record a few times, I'm not sure this is going to end up being much more than collection padding.
The Lillingtons have always flirted with a darker edge and some bleak storytelling in their past songs. This is something they are embracing full force on Stella Sapiente. The lyrics focus on darker themes littered with occult and religious iconography. From a music side, there are times where Stella Sapiente sounds like a straight up 1980's goth album. Heavy on The Cure. Some may enjoy, but that scene was never for me. I like to keep things moving and there are sections of the album that are just too slow and plodding.
I respect that The Lillingtons went out of their comfort zone for their reunion LP. I'm always in favor of trying to keep things interesting, but when a band strays too far from their signature sound, inevitably they end up losing me. Not sure where The Lillingtons go next, but where ever it is I hope there's more pop punk there.
The Lillingtons Stella Sapiente LP: