Review by Lindsey Craun.
From the start, Those Dancing Days’ second album, Daydreams & Nightmares, charges into a driving percussion that takes a firm grasp of listeners’ ears. The all-girl guitar-pop group’s lead vocalist, Linnea Jönsson, maintains interest with her somewhat raspy yet melodic voice. The leading track “Reaching Forward” shows promise for the album by kicking off to a captivating start.
Unfortunately the songs that follow lose some of that vibrance found in the first track. “I’ll Be Yours” and “Dream About Me” seem a bit of a bore, relatively speaking. The harmonies in these songs are pretty, I’ll admit, but they are just that and contain nothing that’ll stop you in your tracks.
One aspect that jumped out at me, as a 21-year-old female college student, was the relevance of the lyrics. I could really relate to many of these songs, which makes such a difference when it comes to connecting to an audience. But as I listened to this album, I couldn’t help but think it’s clear this group has talent, but they seem to be playing it safe. Jönsson’s voice really is beautiful, but we rarely see her take risks with it and throw herself into the music. Even still, “Can’t Find the Entrance” and “Help Me Close My Eyes” both pick up the tempo and drift back into the catchy melodies that really show off these girls’ true talent. Through distortion and reverb, the high energy “Fuckarias” stands out among the others, and preludes the darker, drum-driven “Forest of Love.”
Toward the end of the album, we reach the eighth track, “When We Fade Away,” which is a really pretty, more honest sounding ballad where listeners finally get a chance to experience Jönsson’s wider vocal range and talents. Now this is what I’d like to see more of on Daydreams & Nightmares. “Keep Me in Your Pocket” follows suit with melodic guitar and what sounds like keynotes. I found “I Know Where You Live Pt. 2” not anything too special, but still likable nonetheless. They close the album with “One Day Forever,” a compilation with The Maccabees’ Orlando Weeks. Weeks’ addition adds depth to the already strong vocals present in the other songs and ends the album on a intensely powerful note.
Watch the music video for “Reaching Forward” from Those Dancing Days below and download here.