Unlike its predecessor, How We Operate, the songs on A New Tide are not as immediate and less dependent on big hooks. "Win Park Slope" achieves its potential after repeated listens and revelations. A highlight of the album, it's thick in its composition featuring hypnotic guitars loops, strings and a combination of vocals including a guest performance from Amy Millan of Broken Social Scene and Stars.
Gomez also wins over fans with the album's first single, "Airstream Driver", a song that, with great guitar licks and a catchy exterior succeeds, without a true chorus.
All three vocalists – Ben Ottewell, Ian Ball, and Tom Gray - contribute as usual with Ottewell and Ball carrying the bulk of the responsibility. But make sure not to skip over Gray's snappy, sun-soaked "If I Ask You Nicely".
Since their Mercury Prize winning debut album, Gomez has continued to push the boundaries of what they're capable of as a band. A New Tide witnesses an open-minded approach and convincing outcome.
Written by Mike Vasilikos