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ightspeed Champion
Falling Off the Lavender Bridge
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Falling Off the Lavender Bridge is an “adolescent album, promising and irritating in equal measure,” said Maddy Costa in the London Guardian. The 22-year-old Dev Hynes, on his solo debut as Lightspeed Champion, just seems to gripe and groan, wallowing in putdowns and self-pity, in neuroses and boyish bathos about ex-girlfriends, lost virginity, and the hedonism of his fellow hipsters. The Texas-born Hynes may be caught in a web of puerile emotions, but they make for a “formidable” album, said Bret Gladstone in Spin. All 12 songs swell with melancholic charm and melodic ambition, and each Dear Diary entry of pain and disappointment is leavened with Hynes’ wry sense of humor. He berates his friends’ taste in music in “Everyone I Know Is Listening to Crunk.” He criticizes their drinking habits—and his own—in “Galaxy of the Lost.” If his lyrical references to The OC and Saw III seem juvenile, the “music is mature,” said New Musical Express. Every song features layered instrumentation, from clarinets and banjos to cellos and piano. Such refined touches as the moody violin on “Devil Tricks for a Bitch” almost make a mockery of Hynes’ supposed “mundane misery.” This ironic sense of self makes Hynes a welcome addition to a music world that takes itself too seriously.

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