Headlights Wildlife

Headlights Wildlife

Formed from the ashes of the much-touted Absinthe Blind, Headlights have made two albums of very pleasant indie pop with lots of lovely male/female harmonies. Their approach was typified by "Cherry Tulips," off their last album, a wonderfully catchy tune that turned more than a few heads. While that record, Some Racing, Some Stopping, was a carefree pop album, the follow-up has a weariness that's somewhat concealed because of the delivery. Wildlife isn't a big shift for the band, apart from the overall mood, which is reflected in the lyrics. While that might have helped the band get something out of their system, it hasn't made for their best work, lacking the big, jubilant tunes they've specialised in before. Some of it even verges on bleak, such as "Wisconsin Beaches" and "Dead Ends." What's impressive about the record is that it was pretty much recorded live at home but doesn't sound lo-fi. However, until their melancholy is kept under control, Headlights won't be able to recapture past glories. (Polyvinyl)