Sløtface - 'Sorry For The Late Reply'

8/10

After releasing their bold and impressive debut album 'Try Not To Freak Out' in 2017, Norwegian pop-punk outfit Sløtface made a solid and engaging introduction to their sound with a mix of socially conscious lyrics and frantic guitar riffs. Yet while that record was not the glittering commercial success that it deserved to be, the band have not lost faith in their raw and impassioned energy as they return with their sophomore effort 'Sorry For The Late Reply', a release that displays the maturity they have garnered in the last few years.

While the singles released prior to this album gave us the understanding that the band would be venturing in a vast and more progressive direction, the record's opener 'S.U.C.C.E.S.S.' delivers a fireball of frenzy that instantly reestablishes them with their formative guise. It is only from their that we get to hear this new and more contemplative Sløtface that the previews presented. Yet while this collection delivers more brooding and atmospheric additions than its debut, it is clear that the band have looked to create more than a one-trick-pony this time around, and instead showcase a broad and adventurous return that still maintains the creativity of their debut.

'Sorry For The Late Reply' is probably the most perfect follow-up to 'Try Not To Freak Out' as we could have hoped for. While they venture into very different sonic territory, this new offering shows that they are far from losing their spark for fresh and vibrant pop-rock anthems and continue to pack this release with more gems than we deserve.

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