Warpaint - 'Radiate Like This'

7/10

For a while, it felt like we were going to have to wait a little longer for another Warpaint record. With each of the members excelling within their own side-projects and solo ventures these last few years, it began to feel as if any reunion they put together would be a more slapdash idea than something they would all be completely on board with. But out of nowhere, they announced they would be releasing their fourth studio album 'Radiate Like This' earlier this year, their first full-length release as a band in six years as they look to rekindle the magic spark they left us with.

From the very start, 'Radiate Like This' looks to set itself up as the next phase in the Warpaint sound. While the group have always been keen to explore the broader and more atmospheric auras within their direction, this new collection sees them strip almost all of that back in exchange for something lighter and more airy throughout. While this change of pace still has its refreshing moments scattered throughout, it sometimes has trouble finding something new and interesting to explore, resulting in a record that trundles along without making too much effort in gaining your attention.

But despite its sombre and solemn tones this time around, 'Radiate Like This' still has enough magic within its shell to create an alluring listen. While it is not the sheer juggernaut of a return many of their fans were hoping for, it still delivers the goods as often as possible and allows them to pursue something different from start to finish.

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