Grouplove do this kind of music very well, but it comes off as the Disney Kids version of Passion Pit.Canvasback Music / Atlantic Records, 2016
2.0 / 10
The one thing that’s immediately noticeable on Grouplove’s new album, Big Mess, is their growth as musicians. Nah! I’m just joshing you. If you’re already familiar with the alternative rock (but more alternative pop) band, then you know their strength lies in the hook. Because if there is no hook, then there’s no repeat play via the various commercials that air in between your favorite television shows. Grouplove LOVE writing catchy songs. You know what else is catchy? The Zika virus, and I think I’d rather be subjected to that than listen to another minute of Grouplove. The album’s worst offender to the ears of all humanity is “Good Morning” with its nana banana delivery that just grates every last nerve. Fans of Grouplove will say I’m being too mean and pretentious — go back and listen to your indie…hipster! — but if your girlfriend, who loves such artists as Katy Perry and Meghan Trainor, is able to love this as well, that’s a pretty big mark against this band. Grouplove do this kind of music very well, but it comes off as the Disney Kids version of Passion Pit; lacking grit and adult situations. Do I Grouphate it? I think I do.