Walk the Moon, ‘Headphones’ | Track Review
Ohio alternative band Walk the Moon returns with “Headphones,” the second single from their highly-anticipated third studio album, ‘What If Nothing.’
“If you don’t dare look back / Just keep your eyes on me / I said, ‘You’re holding back’ / She said, ‘Shut up and dance with me.’” Yep, that’s the song that eclectic alternative band Walk the Moon are known for. Breakouts are sweet, but following up a breakout – that’s a feat. Luckily, the Cincinnati collective are pretty good at the music thing. They glowed on “One Foot” the promo single from their forthcoming, third studio album, What If Nothing. The glow continues on second single, “Headphones.”
To quote Snoop Dogg, there are “So Many Pros.” After opening mysteriously, “Headphones” erupts into a danceable, pop-rock-oriented groove. Nicholas Petricca continues to be a formidable frontman, offering up infectious, tongue-n-cheek vocals. Sometimes he sings, other times he quasi-sings or chants. But one thing’s for sure – it’s all good. The hook-line, featured in two of the three verses, is a crowning achievement:
“Oh, I can take a beating like a good pair of headphones.”
There’s a punk-energy about this particular record, which only amplifies its overall excellence. There is no shortage of energy or intensity whatsoever. Besides the fun lyrics and respectable vocals, the overall production can’t be left out. The souped-up guitars are exceptional. Also, worth noting, “Headphones” completely contrasts “One Foot,” and it turns out to be a brilliant choice. It shows how versatile Walk the Moon is.
Cons shouldn’t be associated with “Headphones.” Nicolas Petricca and Walk the Moon deliver another eccentric, quirky, and fun gem without question. Moving on beyond “Shut Up and Dance” won’t be easy and maybe it’s not possible, but, WALK THE MOON proves they are off to a roaring start. What If Nothing should be an intriguing album to say the least.