While the band are doing nothing new, merely recreating the dreamy noises of the 60s in 2016, it never feels copycat or stale, they add interest and there are licks of experimentation scattered about the entirety of Calico Review. It could be argued that a lot of the tracks are oversimplified, but I think that's the beauty of them. The influences on this album are obvious, from The Velvet Underground to The Kinks (especially on the track Famous Phone Figure). It's lovely to lie back and listen to, it sounds effortless and like a summer's day.
The Allah-Las have provided us with an album full of good songs, but I do miss the instrumentals from them, because I feel that is what they really excel at. Lyrically, the album is okay, it's nothing all that special, but that's not the focus of this band. It's the sound that is the overarching draw of the Allah-Las, they make pretty music and Calico Review is just that.
(Words: Rach Tindall)