Years & Years - 'Night Call'

7/10

During the return of Years & Years last year, frontman Olly Alexander made a statement that the band would now become his solo project moving forward. Having previously delivered two standout studio albums with production duo Mikey Goldsworthy and Emre Türkmen, Alexander planned to take the venture in his own direction and continue the Years & Years mantle as a more vibrant individual endeavour. And with a string of critically-lauded singles under his belt so far, he now delivers his new album 'Night Call', a record that is more about reinvention than continuing a given path.

While the previous Years & Years sound was no stranger to a commercial edge with its glittering electro-pop, Olly Alexander has used the outfit to push those pop boundaries even further as he looks to revel in the newfound stardom he has been placed within. Regularly adopting a glossy and uplifting aesthetic from start to finish, 'Night Call' sets itself as a new beginning that removes much of the passionate nuance of its predecessors. Instead we are greeted to a fluffy, radio-friendly array of bouncing club-ready anthems that lean heavily into the guise that Alexander has always seemed keen to explore.

It may not have the same raw and organic feel that the old Years & Years possessed, but Olly Alexander's reimagining of the group certainly has its merits. 'Night Call' is unashamedly camp and does so without a hint of irony. If this is the future of Years & Years, then he certainly has plenty of exciting avenues to travel throughout.

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