Published Feb 26, 2019TEEN's fourth album, Good Fruit, finds the Lieberson sisters — Teeny, Lizzie and Katherine — staring into a foggy mirror, reflecting on feminism, loss and what love looks like on the other side of a breakup.
Despite having a thematic counterpoint to 2016's Love, Yes, the new album features TEEN turning their drum machines and synths back on, opting to work through their feelings, for the most part, on the dance floor.
Good Fruit opens with "Popular Taste" which features an electro-clash vibe that wouldn't sound out of place as a track on a mix CD from 2002. "Radar" alludes to an unrevealed past trauma, with a woozy synth texture that articulates the confusion one is faced with when old pain is brought into the present. The album hits is highest stride during "Runner," as a fuzzy acid house synth line, glossy guitar riff and dizzying chorus bring the album to its peak. Farewell track "Pretend" delivers a delicate R&B denouement for Good Fruit.
The crystalline vocals and dazzling harmonies that TEEN have become known for are replete throughout, and ultimately there are more great than good songs, with the best coming in the latter half of the record. Such is the effect of a long introspective gaze into a foggy mirror. After the condensation fades a stunning clarity takes its place. (Carpark)