Everyone says the ‘80s are back, and until I saw the album cover of Confess, I did not know what that meant. This is the second album for Twin Shadow (the stage name of George Lewis Jr.), who wrote Confess after a motorcycle accident, which makes sense because this album was clearly made for the road. My immediate reaction to the music was a rather ambivalent nostril flare, but by the fourth or fifth listen to “Five Seconds” while driving the logging roads between Port Alberni and Bamfield, I was shoulder swag- gering like a fool (oh, now I get the whole shoulder pads fad). I wasn’t even alive in the ‘80s and this album makes me feel nostalgic with its mounting synth waves and romantic echoing vocals that aren’t really romantic at all when you think about it. In this case, they are more leave-me-alone-I-am-emotionally- unavailable, which I found surprisingly re- freshing.There is something charming about the dubstep intro to “You Call Me On,” as well as the anti-love song “Run My Heart,” but depending on your patience and affin- ity for long, repetitive roads, you might get bored—or need to reach for the Gravol.
- Cara Spangler