Andrew Reviews Alex Lahey’s “The Best of Luck Club”

Andrew Reviews Alex Lahey’s “The Best of Luck Club”

Aussie muso Alex Lahey has followed up her spectacular debut I Love You Like a Brother with another ripper record: The Best of Luck Club. Combining thunderous guitars and memorable melodies with introspection and Alex’s classic wit, the album paints a picture of a wiser and more mature version of the artist we fell in love with on album one. RPM’s review:

A lot has changed for Alex Lahey in the last two years. Around this time in 2017, she was a triple j Unearthed darling fresh off her first Hottest 100 entry and had just announced her debut album, I Love You Like a Brother. That album was a chronicle of love for family (“I Love You Like a Brother”), affection for friends (“I Want U”), and the rise and fall of a romantic relationship (“Every Day’s the Weekend,” Perth Traumatic Stress Disorder.”) It was also one of the best albums of that year, enabling Alex to tour on multiple continents and establishing her as one of the brightest young voices in music today.

From the opening bars of The Best of Luck Club, her follow up record, it’s evident that Alex’s world is different now than it was when she wrote I Love You Like a Brother. Track one, cheekily titled “I Don’t Get Invited to Parties Anymore,” tells the story of returning home from touring internationally to find that life hadn’t been at a standstill while she was away. The opening lines, “I’m sorry that I haven’t been around much lately / I promise I’ll try twice as hard / To make sure that I’m home on your birthday,” are an absolute punch to the gut that illustrates the sacrifices one makes when chasing their dreams.

And it’s that dream, the ever-elusive MacGuffin of a sustainable musical career, that provides the main thread Alex weaves through the album. She wrote this record from the perspective of an up-and-coming artist with plenty still to show the world, as touched on in the album’s second track and second single, “Am I Doing It Right?” Alex sings, “Don’t say that I’ve got nothing to prove / I stay in every cheap hotel room” as she poses the title question not only to her audience, but also to herself.

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It’s not just Alex herself whose struggle for success defines the album’s narrative. Another change between albums one and two is that Alex has found herself in a seemingly sustainable relationship, which provides inspiration for many tracks off The Best of Luck Club including “Unspoken History,” “I Want to Live With You,” and, perhaps most notably, the album’s lead single “Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself.” That song sees Alex talking directly to her partner, who apparently holds a career similar to her own, about the struggles of life on the road, urging them to take care of themself. When Alex sings the chorus, “You haven’t had a day off in weeks / Your voice is shaking when you speak / It might not be my place to help / But don’t be so hard on yourself,” she’s pleading with her loved one not to fall into the trap that she knows all too well.

The rest of the album is similarly filled to the brim with jams. “Misery Guts” is maybe Alex’s heaviest song yet, a raging yet compassionate condemnation of the times when people unload their problems on you without asking. “Isabella” is an ode to an otherworldly young lady which evokes memories of Anna Nalick’s “Breathe (2 AM),” while “I Need to Move On” recently found its way onto one of Taylor Swift’s playlists, proving yet again that game recognize game.

Alex Lahey. Source: bandcamp.com

 

Personally, I’m a big Alex Lahey fan. I’ve loved Alex’s witty lyrics, expert guitarwork, and amazing command of melody ever since she released “You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me.” I Love You Like a Brother was one of my top two albums of 2017, second only to Gang of Youths’s Go Farther in Lightness. And as a fan, I’d been anxiously awaiting what direction album two would hold for Alex. Would she continue down the same musical path she trod on I Love You LIke a Brother? Or would it be a complete stylistic U-turn, and if so, what would that entail? Upon listening, it’s clear that it’s the former, and I’m happy. I’m all for shocking artistic choices as long as they’re authentic, but I believe there’s something to be said to sticking true to your guns. With Best of Luck Club, Alex is making that same intelligent, catchy rock music, the only difference being that she’s older and more mature. The result: the music’s a little fuller and tastier, like a vintage bottle of red. I can’t wait to see Alex take this momentum into another world tour and album number three.

Score: a cathartic chat over a glass of Chianti.

 

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