If there's one adjective that best describes The Ampersands it is likely 'bouncy'. Whether it's alongside the fuzzy keyboard of "Try This" or slick hooks of "You", there's a near constant bounce to the songs that simply refuses to be contained.
A folk pop sound is strong on the Turtles-ish "October", complete with 'bah bah bahs'. Even that has a hard time matching the bliss of the jangle-happy "Young and Restless". The quirky album opener, "Exoskeleton", sounds like Elvis Costello fronting Vampire Weekend.
A handful of tracks, such as "Alsace Lorraine" do tend to drag without a satisfying pay-off. The band's most serious moment, okay possibly their only serious moment, comes on the focused, maudlin "Catalyst Soup".
All in all The Ampersands have put together a fun easy to consume record that should bring a little bit of joy into your life.
Best tracks: "You", "October"
Track listing for This Is Your Adventure Too:
- Try This
- Young and Restless
- Golems In Waves
- The Race
- Selling a Product
- Alsace Lorraine
- King Fumble
- The Outlier