The Neighborhood return with second full-length ‘Wiped Out!’

The Neighbourhood‘Wiped Out!’
The Neighbourhood (Columbia)
3.5 stars out of 5

Los Angeles-based indie rock outfit The Neighbourhood exploded on to the scene in 2013 with the release of debut album “I Love You.” On the strength of hit singles “Sweater Weather” and “Afraid,” the band showed a knack for blending atmospheric indie rock with electronic pop and modern R&B.

The Neighbourhood CDThe Neighbourhood — Rutherford (vocals0, Jeremy Freedman (guitar), Zach Abels (guitar), Mikey Margott (bass) and Brandon Fried (drums) — look to build on that foundation with sophomore platter “Wiped Out!” It’s an intriguing collection of tunes that, while not quite essential, make for an enjoyable listen.

The 11-track, 46-minute release opens with 30 seconds of dead air — the aptly titled “A Moment of Silence” — before The Neighbourhood kick into gear with keepers “Prey” and “Cry Baby.” The six-minute title track overstays its welcome by about a third, but the lads regroup with a series of stellar cuts in “Daddy Issues,” “Baby Came Home 2/Valentines,” “Greetings From California” and “Single.” Set closer (and lead single) “R.I.P. 2 My Youth” is the best of the bunch. Good stuff. (Jeffrey Sisk)

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