Brisbane four-piece, Hungry Kids of Hungary, have released their second studio album You’re A Shadow and it is everything fans will have hoped it to be.

The music is full of catchy rhythms, interesting lyrics and a lot of the well placed ‘oohs’ that the band have become known for.

The leading singles of the album ‘Sharp Shooter’, ‘Twin Cities’ and ‘When Yesterday’s Gone’ all have different vibes, but despite their apparent differences, the album maintains a steady infectiousness that keeps it all cohesive.

The former is a little grittier than you might expect from the Brisbane band. There is a definite contrast when compared to the somewhat hypnotic riffs of ‘When Yesterday’s Gone’.

The album is of a high standard overall. The song ‘Colours’  is a lot softer and sweeter than the rest of the album and ‘Memo’ is full of greatly implemented instrumentation.

The inclusion of four bonus tracks doesn’t hurt either. Of the extras, ‘Grizzly Gulch’ is the strongest, the song is definitely catchy enough to be on the album proper, so it’s strange that it didn’t make the cut to the ‘official’ tracklist.

The closing song, ‘San Simeon’ is a strong number, but it maybe doesn’t ‘climax’ as much as it could. The album however maintains a steady pace rather than working up to a peak. It’s not disappointing exactly, just the tiniest bit flat.

All in all, Hungry Kids Of Hungary have delivered a really strong, measured second studio album. It is of a consistent standard that really shows how the band is finding its own concrete sound. Plus nobody uses “oohs’ quite as well as they do.

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