2008: Enter the bombardment of Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Rihanna – not to mention 3 more installments of Now That’s What I Call Music, each one worse than the last – it was about this time I gave up on the radio completely.
One of the girls on my soccer team was singing “Let’s Get Married” at practice and it got stuck in my head. I went home, looked up the album, and realized this was more than a batch of catchy tunes. Of course, the hooks are huge, but the non-uniform song-structure and blunt songwriting is what kept me listening.
It’s nice to see Walla step out from under Ben Gibbard’s massive Death Cab For Cutie shadow. Sonically, this still has a bit of a Death Cab feel, but it’s a bit more mellow and the songs less urgent. This is the album you throw on when you just want to relax for a little while.
While not my favorite Hush Sound record, I’d be hard pressed to find an example as to why it’s bad. There’s not as many back-and-forth vocals from Greta and Bob like on previous albums. Rather, each vocalist takes turns one full track at a time. The lyrics are based more in reality though, so that’s a refreshing change.