Laud: All 4 Nothing assessment – a partial development

When singer-songwriter Ari Leff, AKA Laud, launched his debut album in 2020, it performed like a marathon. At 21 tracks lengthy, How I’m Feeling explored millennial malaise and melancholy by means of repetitively mid-tempo pop – as if reflecting the topic of Leff’s lyrics by means of the listening expertise itself.

Mercifully, Leff’s return on All 4 Nothing sees him enhancing his soul-searching all the way down to 13 songs, with an emphasis now on pleasure in addition to dejection. The title observe is an ideal marriage of Leff’s gossamer falsetto with lyrics about an all-encompassing love, whereas the embattled I (Don’t) Have a Drawback explodes with rhyt Thereenergy.

There are memorable hooks too: the craving vocals of Stranger and the Charlie Puth-esque funk of Time After Time. But, for every spotlight handfulsre a handful of fillers. Hey Ari performs like a cut-price Ed Sheeran in its sing-song folks; Molly in Mexico plods alongside, failing to succeed in a convincing crescendo; and First Grade sinks into sleepy balladry. Whereas All 4 Nothing marks a partial development for Leff, he nonetheless has some solution to go to make his data memorable – whether or not they stand at 21 tracks or a baker’s dozen.

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