On its self-titled debut, The Living Street presents nine sugary indie-pop songs ready to wiggle their way into your ear and refuse to exit. The pop duo, composed of Nick Guckert and Edward J. Angelo, plays with lyrical tone, from the bittersweet ballad “Not Waiting” to the bouncy, but lovesick, opener “Dying to See You Smile.” Whether a song is about falling in love or out of it, the sound remains poppy and upbeat, with one exception: the belted ballad, “This Time Around.”
For fans of the pair’s earlier work, there is a slightly different version of “Some Days,” which was released in 2013 with their former band The Artless. But the version here is better situated alongside the quick poppy bites that make up The Living Street.
Some of the most interesting songs on this record are those that lean more into the alt-radio pop vibe, like the album closer, “They Don’t Know Anything,” and the re-imagined “Some Days.” The Living Street is a strong debut for the duo, an album on which they’ve crafted some earworms with tremendous potential.
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