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Ladyhawke - Album Review: Time Flies

18 Nov 2021 // A review by Madeleine Howard

Ladyhawke returns with her highly anticipated fourth studio album Time Flies. Her first album in four years since 2016's Wild Things, Time Flies is a shift away from Ladyhawke's more pop rock sound, and a return to her 80's synth pop roots. Initially set for release in October, the album was delayed due to the pandemic, but it is well worth the wait. 

The album is a mixture of upbeat, toe-tapping numbers (My Love, Think About You, Mixed Emotions) and slower tracks with soaring melodies (Time Flies, Loner) Highlights include head bopping opening track My Love, as well as singles Think About You, a funky, catchy number and Mixed Emotions, an infectious track. Guilty Love, a collaboration with pop duo Broods, is another stand out. A collection of catchy tunes and slower, more down tempo numbers, Time Flies manages to find the perfect balance between dance inducing tracks and slower, more thought provoking numbers, without the album losing momentum along the way.

While Ladyhawke's contralto vocal range is still a heavy feature on the album, she explores her higher register with songs such as Mixed Emotions and Loner, showcasing a more breathy tone. A collection of funk infused, groovy, synth filled tracks, Ladyhawke has once again proven she is a force to be reckoned with in the industry. 

Time Flies will be supported with a tour of New Zealand, with new dates to be announced soon. Originally set for October, the tour has suffered as well as the album with dates being pushed back to November, and now postponed indefinitely. With the album being worth the wait, fans can expect these shows to be well worth it too.

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )
 

About Ladyhawke

Having cut her teeth playing in Wellington band Two Lane Black Top, and Sydney act Teenager, Pip Brown’s incredible knack for a catchy pop hook coupled with an 80's rock chic ambiance was quickly noticed when she began releasing tracks online as Ladyhawke in 2008. She was signed to a major label, moved to the UK, and her eponymous solo debut album made her hot property across the UK, Australia, and New Zealand.

She toured relentlessly, and picked up multiple NZ Music Awards, ARIAs, and nominations for Brit Awards, MTV Awards, and NME Awards. Pip’s songwriting connected because it managed to be both aspirational and relatable. She seemed effortlessly cool and distinctive but also just like a best mate, and while her music and art beautifully conjure a bold and fantastical world, they also capture her genuine, personable nature.

The darker, more guitar-based record Anxiety followed in 2012, before the bright and breezy pop of Wild Things arrived in 2016 – each album a kind of reaction to the one that came before.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Ladyhawke

Releases

Time Flies
Year: 2021
Type: Album
Wild Things
Year: 2016
Type: Album
Anxiety
Year: 2012
Type: Album
Ladyhawke Collectors Edition
Year: 2009
Type: Album
Ladyhawke
Year: 2008
Type: Album
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