Local Natives: Hummingbird – review

(Infectious)

At first glance, Local Natives' second album seems to have been conceived with the sole intention of bumping up that Pitchfork percentage. Written after touring with Arcade Fire? Produced by the National's Aaron Dessner? Put together in hipster enclaves Montreal, Brooklyn and Silverlake? Only if it came wrapped in plaid and dubious facial hair could it appeal more to its chosen demographic. It would be unrealistic, then, to expect Hummingbird to consist of nothing but raucous bashment anthems, and so it transpires – musical comfort zones are rarely left, with the band alighting on the same twinkling Americana sound that has served the likes of Fleet Foxes and My Morning Jacket so well. It's pretty, yet rarely challenging. However, the spiralling refrain of Colombia ("Every night I'll ask myself, am I loving enough?") shows the band are capable of hitting emotional peaks with a power to leap out and grab you.

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