The Avalanches - 'Wildflower'

8/10

One of the biggest comebacks of the year, if not the decade, so far has been the Aussie DJ troupe known as The Avalanches. While no longer the dozen members they originally were, the group is now down to just three original members, this album has been in the works since 2005, rivalling Guns N Roses' 'Chinese Democracy' in terms of anticipation. Yet unlike that album, this one is actually good; like really good.

Fans of the first album 'Since You've Been Gone' will no doubt have spent the last few weeks relistening to that release in preparation for 'Wildflower' and it almost sounds like the group never stopped after finishing that debut. This new record picks up exactly where the last one finished more 16 years ago, and creates a joyful ambient bliss, occasionally spiced up with the odd hip-hop breaks and guest vocalist.

Despite not really sounding any different from their debut, when you compare this to other music that has come out since, you realise that The Avalanches were always in a league of their own. Nothing comes close to their sound and this album is a huge welcome to their now growing catalogue of music.

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