Everyone says the â€˜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 â€œFive Secondsâ€ 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 wasnâ€™t even alive in the â€˜80s and this album makes me feel nostalgic with its mounting synth waves and romantic echoing vocals that arenâ€™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 â€œYou Call Me On,â€ as well as the anti-love song â€œRun My Heart,â€ but depending on your patience and affin- ity for long, repetitive roads, you might get boredâ€”or need to reach for the Gravol.
- Cara Spangler