The album art for The Neighbourhood's I Love You

The Neighbourhood

I Love You

The Neighbourhood’s debut record is a deep, dark slab of urban alternative that’s ambitious and unpredictable. But thanks to the band’s sense of rhythm, I Love You remains consistency approachable.

I don’t know what’s going on with all these bands calling albums and EPs I Love You, but The Neighbourhood’s debut record is an instant must-hear regardless. Amazon calls them “indie pop,” but iTunes is smart enough to simply label them “Alternative.” I think it sounds new and dark and ambitious, and every time I listen to it, it blows me away. The writing is impeccable and the lead singer sounds like he could share a stage with Bono.

The lead single is Sweater Weather, but the real money is on tracks like Alleyways, Afraid and the gut-punching Female Robbery. The Neighbourhood is a band to watch, and I’m looking forward to hearing more from them in the future.