Angel Du$t‘s third LP ‘Pretty Buff’ summed up? Consistency is key. There are a lot of things that you’d expect from a band made up of Turnstile and Trapped Under Ice members, but ‘Pretty Buff’ isn’t one of them. No hardcore; just indie, pop, and a bit of punk.
If you’re looking for a happy-go-lucky album for the summer, you don’t have to look any further. ‘Pretty Buff’ is filled from top-to-bottom with upbeat tunes with the perfect rhythm to strut and hop down the road. It starts off with the mellow ‘No Fair’, gently rocking you into the band’s artistic creation. The same mood transcends across the whole record, giving it a never-ending feeling, for better or worse.
It seems perfect to have ‘Pretty Buff’ playing on a loop as one song mixes into the other, but, sadly, it also makes it seem repetitive. If it wasn’t for the actual track list you can follow, you really have a hard time pinpointing at what track of the record you’re at. Guitar riffs and melodies grow exponentially eerily similar, and therefore a smidge boring. The lack of lyrics doesn’t really help this fact, some choruses only consist of repeating one line repeatedly. There are standout songs, like ‘Bang My Drum’, that do luckily mix it up a bit and give it a breath of fresh air.
Nevertheless, ‘Pretty Buff’ is still a record you should have on your 2019 list of must listens. The fact that the members managed to put together and release this beauty between also being incredibly busy with their other outlets is something to applaud and appreciate. While it doesn’t blow your socks off or let your jaw drop to the floor for anything in particular, the hard work, passion, and the result of it all still deserves your attention.