The Xcerts – Learning How to Live and Let Go
The release of The Xcerts’ fifth release, Learning How to Live and Let Go, is only a couple of weeks away now, and anticipation is palpable among their fanbase. The alt-rock trio retain their signature sound while venturing into new musical territories, resulting in a blend of infectious, albeit (or rather intentionally) clichéd and fast-paced rock at the beginning, before transitioning into a more contemplative pace, inviting moments of introspection.
The opening track, Gimme, serves as an electrifying curtain-raiser. Despite being quite repetitive, it is definitely catchy, immediately grabbing the listener’s attention and infusing the album with a burst of fiery 90s alt-rock energy. The pounding drums and searing guitar riffs promise a dynamic listening journey ahead.
Standout Blame shifts the atmosphere as it takes a more intimate approach. Crafted in the band’s own rehearsal room, this song features Laura-Mary Carter’s vocals, adding a layer of vulnerability and depth. The theme of self-awareness and accountability shines through, Blame encouraging introspection and the courage to take responsibility rather than casting blame on others, which makes this song a poignant moment on the record. Everything I Cannot Live Without is another powerful offering, its raw emotion pulling the listener in.
The strength of this album lies in its ability to balance both familiar and novel elements; it pays homage to the band’s roots while also exploring uncharted waters. This willingness to evolve is evident in the musical diversity showcased across the tracks: from the high-energy rock anthems to the more intimate moments, the band demonstrate versatility without losing their distinctive identity.
While Learning How to Live and Let Go might not drastically alter the course of alt-rock, it is an enjoyable and fun listening experience that seems to capture some of The Xcerts’ distinctive traits – passion, dynamism and a willingness to pour their emotions into their music. It’s an album that will most likely resonate on multiple levels with fans of the genre, offering something old and something new (and something blue).
Learning How to Live and Let Go is released on 18th August 2023. For further information or to order the album visit The Xcerts’ website here.
Watch the video for the single Blame here: