When Twerps describe themselves as a collaborative band, they really mean it, as all four members contribute to songwriting and vocal duties. On Range Anxiety, they once again team up with producer Jack Farley — who also assisted with the recording of Beaches' sophomore album — and the result is a great continuation of their self-titled debut album and recent Underlay EP.
Don't expect a monumental shift on the Australian four-piece's sophomore effort, but when you've got a good formula, why mess with it? Range Anxiety strikes a good balance between the band's more laid-back vibe — which you'll find on tracks such as "I Don't Mind" and "Fern Murderers" — and their more upbeat and jovial iteration, which can be found on highlight "Back To You" and "Cheap Education." And while much of the album employs the same rhythmic backbone for the majority of the tracks, it works to the album's advantage, as it ties all the material neatly together.
It would be nice to see Twerps bust out of their comfort zone, as penultimate track "Love at First Sight" flirts with doing momentarily, but there's still plenty of time for that. For now, the band seem content to maintain the status quo and refine the elements that made them so appealing in the first place. (Merge)