Was I maybe a little worried that, having fanboyed out like an out-of-control teenager for the last 6 months to a year and built up some ridiculous expectations, I was going to be very let down/look very silly when this Shakey Graves album finally came out? YEAH I WAS MAYBE A LITTLE BIT. But then it came out and… you guys, it’s really damn good and now I feel vindicated in being super annoying about him for so long (and as such, this has been running through my brain ever since- and now it will take over your brain, too).
So, what makes And The War Came such a success? Alejandro Rose-Garcia, basically. This album shows off everything that makes him such a captivating character- there’s the infectious energy in songs like ‘Dearly Departed,’ the dusty picking in tunes like ‘House of Winston,’ and the willingness to get a little out there and weird (while always staying true to his sound), as in ‘Family and Genus.’ It is, I think, the well-produced, completely electric album that his fans had hoped for, one that will not only please them but also, I think, open him up to a massive new audience.