Late Bloomer, “Things Change” LP

coverEver since Late Bloomer debuted “Use Your Words,” I’ve been foaming at the mouth to hear all of Things Change, their sophomore LP on Tor Johnson, Lunchbox, and Self Aware Records. I tried to hold back until I had the LP in my hot little hands, but caved and listened to it streaming a few weeks back.

This all goes to say that Things Change is an album which — once you’ve had a taste of it — you want to hear in its entirety, over and over again. “Use Your Words” was and is an excellent introduction, kicking off the album in a way that reminds me a lot of any number of bands I hear in the mid to late ’90s, but more in terms of tone than specific sound.
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Late Bloomer, “Late Bloomer” LP

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Charlotte, North Carolina’s Late Bloomer have crafted one of those albums that sneaks up on you and steals away unexpectedly. I was listening to it at work today, and when it ended, I immediately thought, “Wait, what? No … that’s not enough.” This trio does what it seems like every band I’ve enjoyed most in the past year does — digging into the not-so-distant past of the early ’90s and melding the disparate pop and rock influences into something new.
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