This Could Be Texas by English Teacher album review by David Savum for Northern Transmissions


This Could Be Texas

English Teacher

In the midst of a year brimming with noteworthy album releases, English Teacher’s, “This Could be Texas,” emerges as a standout addition to the musical landscape. Following in the wake of recent releases from bands like Vampire Weekend and Lizzy McAlpine, the British ensemble presents a collection that demands attention.

While singles like “R&B” and “Nearly Daffodils” were heralded with anticipation, they merely scratch the surface of the depth and resonance found within this album. Each track, meticulously crafted by the collective talents of Lily, Douglas, Lewis, and Nicholas, serves as a reflection on themes ranging from political unrest to mental health struggles and societal prejudices. Remarkably, amidst such weighty subject matter, the album remains thoroughly engaging and enjoyable.

One cannot overlook the commendable songwriting prowess displayed throughout the album. Each lyric paints vivid imagery that complements the overarching themes, inviting listeners into a world of introspection and contemplation. Moreover, the diverse range of styles and genres woven seamlessly into each track showcases the band’s commitment to innovation and exploration.

The production quality of “This Could be Texas” is nothing short of exemplary. Under the deft guidance of Marta Salogni (Björk, Black Midi, Depeche Mode), intricate loops and samples add layers of complexity, enhancing the emotional depth of the album. Salogni’s adept control of dynamics, particularly evident on tracks like “Albert Road,” where she balances the crescendo of the band with Lily’s impassioned vocals, seamlessly enhances the thematic depth of the album.

One cannot overlook the delightful wordplay and clever track titles peppered throughout the album. Tracks like “Best Tears of Your Life” serve as prime examples of the band’s penchant for playful yet thought-provoking lyricism. The titles often offer insightful glimpses into the thematic content of each song, like “Not Everyone Gets to Go to Space,” further enriching the listening experience.

In essence, English Teacher has forged an album that expertly blends entertainment with profound emotional depth. Each member’s distinct experiences converge, giving rise to a band with a distinctive style that transcends the sum of its parts. “This Could be Texas” stands as a testament to the collective talent and artistic vision of its creators.

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