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Yves Tumor - Praise a Lord... (Album Review)

Thursday, 23 March 2023 Written by Tom Morgan

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Another fabulous example of the post-genre future that we seem to be rapidly heading towards, Yves Tumor’s latest is as unclassifiable and engrossing as contemporary rock-leaning music comes.

That description might make ‘Praise a Lord Who Chews but Which Does Not Consume; (Or Simply, Hot Between Worlds)’ sound challenging. However, Tumor’s latest collection is enormously approachable, overflowing with palpable emotion, piercing hooks and arena-rock bravado.

Tumor’s voice veers from seductive (Echolalia) to delicate (Parody) while their lyrics about relationships, spirituality and mental health are consistently relatable. It’s the aforementioned genre-blending, however, that makes ‘Praise A Lord…’ such a unique beast. 

The album contains shades of industrial rock, electronica, alt-pop, post-punk and myriad other musical shapes. Tumor’s personality is the gravitational force that seals them all in one place, where they tectonically crash together.

The ensuing eruptions course with vibrancy and soul. Highlights include the Bloc Party-meets-Depeche Mode textures of In Spite Of War, the dense, restrained Echolalia, the grand melancholy of Lovely Sewer, and the enormous, big-hearted scope of Heaven Surrounds Us Like A Hood.

Tumor barely puts a foot wrong here. These 12 songs are as ambitious as they are accessible—a heady feat to pull off. ‘Praise A Lord…’ is unique, effortless and rich with emotional substance as well as one of the best rock (in a very loose sense) albums released so far this year.

Yves Tumor Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows:

Fri November 24 2023 - MANCHESTER New Century
Sun November 26 2023 - GLASGOW O2 Academy Glasgow
Mon November 27 2023 - DUBLIN 3Olympia Theatre

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