Sophomore album as good as their first
I became a fan of Muna when someone recommended the song “Everything” from their first album, “About U.” That track quickly became, well, my favorite song of all-time. That’s a tough act to follow, and while there’s no single song that’s quite so powerful on the new album, it’s a great collection nonetheless, forming what’s probably my favorite album of 2019 so far. (Although a new Keane record drops in a few days, so watch out!)
There are plenty of standout tracks on “Saves the World.” My favorites are “Stayaway,” “Who,” and “Navy Blue,” followed closely by “Taken” and “Pink Light.” “Never” could have been in this group, as I love the first two-thirds of it, but the song takes an unfortunate turn into bombast down the stretch. The remaining tracks are enjoyable in their own right, with “Grow” offering an emotional piano-based intro to the album, and “Good News” providing a different, fun style for the band. “Hands Off” hasn’t grabbed me yet, but still could as time goes by. “Memento” is fine, if forgettable, and the closing track, “It’s Gonna Be Okay, Baby” features compelling lyrics.
The only track I find myself skipping every time is, ironically, the lead single, ”Number One Fan,” which is a little too pop-ish and funky for my taste. (Interestingly, my least-favorite track on Muna’s first album is “Loudspeaker,” and that one, too, was an early single, I believe.)
Bottom line, I'm really happy with this album. I wasn't sure they'd every put out another full-length, and I'm glad they did!