I honestly didn’t know much about the band Grouplove until about a week ago. That’s when I bought tickets to Deck The Hall Ball in Seattle which features The Killers, The Lumineers, Passion Pit, Grouplove and five other bands. I obviously wanted to get a feel for everyone I’m going to see at KeyArena in December, so I did some research into Grouplove (which is also often written as GROUPLOVE).
I was familiar with two of their songs, but had no idea it was Grouplove that sang them. Their most popular song ‘Tongue Tied‘ was featured on an iPod Touch commercial. It’s a good jam, but I actually like ‘Itchin’ On A Photograph‘ better. They recently started playing it on the radio around here, and I even Shazam’d it a couple of weeks ago because I liked it so much – again not realizing it was Grouplove at the time.
If you’re not familiar with Grouplove — this song might sound familiar to you:
Aside from ‘Tongue Tied’ (which reached No. 1 on the Billboard alternative chart) and ‘Itchin’ on a Photograph’ (watch the official video), Grouplove is new to me. I literally just bought their debut album Never Trust A Happy Song (and I’m listening to it right now), so you’re getting my first reaction to all of their songs. The album name is actually pretty misleading (which was probably the point) because most of Grouplove’s songs sound like happy songs. I really like ‘Colours‘, ‘Lovely Cup‘, the catchy ‘Chloe‘ and the slowed down ‘Cruel And Beautiful World‘. At the same time, Never Trust a Happy Song seems to lull through ‘Slow‘ and ‘Naked Kids‘ (it’s either a terrible pop song or they’re making fun on pop songs — I can’t tell — and that’s not a good thing), before picking up steam with ‘Spun‘ and then finishing pretty strong from there.
There’s no voice coach in the world who would praise lead singer/songwriter Christian Zucconi, but I think he’s what makes Grouplove what they are. The iTunes review of Never Trust a Happy Song says “Zucconi has a wonderful quality in his voice, part unleashed puppy and part unhinged young artist.” When Grouplove strays from Zucconi in the lead role, that’s when the album loses it’s luster. When he’s in charge — it’s hard to find a more unique sound.
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