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ALBUM REVIEW: Learn to let go – The Losing Score

THE LOSING SCORE are a difficult group to pin down in terms of gender. They have definite influences from American Midwestern emo and bands like MODERN BASE-BALL, but could also certainly be influenced by the British pop-punk scene. It’s a trio from Shrewsbury whose first album Learn to let go tackles themes of mental health and personal insecurities, while managing to keep it sounding fun and upbeat.

Opening track Maybe if I try hard enough is a good introduction to the band and the themes of the album. Listeners may be taken aback by the experimental start, which almost sounds like a campfire song, but it quickly kicks in. The vocals are interesting and maybe not for everyone, but sound really emotive, this which is a perfect quality on an album like this. . Peachy Keen, Avril Lavigne was the first single from the album, and with that considered, it’s not the most memorable. It takes a while to get really interesting, but heavy drumming drives the track forward and it ends as a decent song. Unwanted sleep is a bit of a change of pace, and is definitely one of the strongest tracks. There are dramatic shifts in tempo, reflecting the lyrical content of the song as it discusses the ups and downs of mental health. This track stands out because it represents the frustration and despair of mental illness very well, with vocals that almost turn into screams. The abrupt ending deftly leaves listeners thrown off balance, which is a good thing in this case.

In comparison with the emotional end of Unwanted sleep, Life after the credits is more upbeat, making it a different but fun song and proving that the album can showcase a whole range of emotions. There are layers of backing vocals throughout, giving the song a rounder, safer feel. The outro is slow and cautious, ending the song smoothly. To dream of you is a bit heavier in terms of instrumentals, but also sometimes more melodic, which makes it stand out on the album. The lyrical content of this song is romantic and deliberate, and the lighter vocals fit that perfectly. New person is immediately moodier, reflecting his themes of sanity, and his sudden downfall feels like an explosion. The lyrics particularly stand out on this track, with its repeated use of questions and raw, honest lyrics. The ending repeats the beginning but with heavier guitars and drums, which kind of feels like a new level of understanding.

While the next few tracks are decent, the most memorable are the last three on the album. Deliciously diabolical has a very nostalgic energy, with upbeat lyrics about friendship and choosing to put your friends first. He’s a favorite because he’s so positive and would definitely make an impact during a live show. Crawl is another very strong track, and is also very different from the rest of the album. Strangely, this song could fit more into a folk punk category, with possible influences from Frank Turner. Crawl primarily addresses issues of self-esteem and masculinity, and at the end the instruments quiet down to accentuate the vocals. The last song, The calm before the storm, is more of a ballad, with melodic guitars to accompany the relaxed vocals. The vocals are layered during the chorus, creating an echo. The song ends with studio sounds of applause and celebration, which suddenly feel very organic and personal. You hear the words “I heard they’re only a three piece“, which makes you appreciate the album a little more.

On first listen, Learn to let go isn’t the most unique album of all time, but with more attention it’s clear that a lot of emotion has been put into it, and it’s also quite experimental. Although certainly not for everyone, Learn to let go is a pleasant listen. For a first album, THE LOSING SCORE have certainly made an impact and have a bright future ahead of them.

Rating: 7/10

Learn To Let This Go is available now via Counter Intuitive Records.

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