MP3 of the Week: Aloud

Aloud, "Fan the Fury" (mp3)

It might not seem that much has changed between Aloud’s debut full-length, Leave Your Light On, and their sophomore album, Fan the Fury. The band still traffic in bluesy power pop, which still centers on the guy-girl lead vocals of childhood chums/collaborators Henry Beguiristain and Jen de la Osa. But now the hooks are bigger, the lyrics smarter, and the arrangements tighter. The title track starts with de la Osa bellowing over a dirty toms-and-tambo groove before it folds in on itself, giving way to an airy, ride-cymbal-driven bridge and de la Osa’s vocals turning uncharacteristically gentle. Then, just as things start getting comfy, the band slide back into the hot grease of the song’s first half. They celebrate the album's release at Great Scott March 20.

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