Years & Years: Communion (Polydor)

Years & Years: Communion (Polydor)

Years & Years: Communion (Polydor)

Years & Years’ brilliant debut album recently became the first ever Number One album to be released on a Friday, as part of the Global Release Day initiative that now sees new albums come out in most countries on the same day. And, appropriately enough for an album that will be forever associated with that Friday feeling, Communion is stuffed full of all the here-comes-the-weekend club bangers your heart could desire. But the real strength of Years & Years lies in the fact that there’s much more to them than floor-fillers. Even on the hits – and there are lots of them, from the persuasive groove of Shine to the spiralling pop majesty of King – singer Olly Alexander’s lyrics provide a lot more emotional depth than you usually encounter when your hands are in the air, meaning this album will work just as well the next morning when the inevitable hangover and feelings of regret kick in. Olly told us earlier this year that he isn’t “interested in writing about having a good time in the club – it’s more about having a bad time in the club.” But, whether you’re looking for good times or solace in bad times, Years & Years are the one club in town that will always let you in. Whichever day of the week it is.

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