ANNUALS – BROTHER
It’s a pity the Annual’s 2006 album Be He Me didn’t live up to the grandeur of its first song Brother. But at least we have Brother, and it definitely is fantastic. Taking style tips from Arcade Fire’s Funeral, Annuals take a song about the feeling of lose within the family and turn it into a stadium-sized epic tune. It deceivingly starts off quiet with crickets and a softly finger-picked guitar. Then the song hits 1:51 and the double drums and electric guitar take it to dizzying heights. Adam Baker’s chants turn to screams, and it ends far too soon in a crash of cymbals. This is the kind of music I hoped to see in The Suburbs, maybe on their next album.