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Eliza and the Bear: Group Therapy (Album Review)**

Eliza and the Bear have been a band since 2011 and will be releasing their second album, Group Therapy, on the 2nd November -only a few days to go! Made up off of James Kellegher (lead vocals and guitar), Martin Dukelow (vocals and guitar), Chris Brand (bass) and Paul Jackson (drums), the band name comes from a poem by Eleanor Rees.

I watched Eliza and the Bear perform at the 110 Above festival in August and fell in love with their music. When I got this release, I was rather excited about the album and I still am - it really didn't disappoint.

In 2016, the band released their first, self titled, debut album which included songs like Make It On My Own and Friends. Group Therapy includes singles such as Real Friends, First Aid and Higher. This album is a fresh new take on their music that is going to be received with warm responses.

The album in general is super funky, no doubt about it. It's a upbeat album, it's tracks packed with great guitar riffs and vocals guaranteed to get you moving. I Wanna Feel gives the beginning of the album an indigestion , after the instrumental, Group Therapy. With a small amount of lyrics, Group Therapy is a small intro that are truthful "I need you, like you needed me. We can share all our worries. Don't drown in your own sympathy..".

The album is a collection of the problems that the band faced in their time when they parted with record label, Universal Music. The album, from these experiences became clear as 'Group Therapy' to them. Frontman, James informs me that he's "hoping Group Therapy means as much to you as it does to us. Don't suffer in silence.".

Singles, Diamond Magic, Real Friends, Higher and First Aid are the singles, Eliza and the Bear have included on the album. First Aid being one of their deeper songs. The emotional reality of it makes the song raw with lyrics like "Help me take the load I placed upon myself".

Eliza and the Bear - First Aid Official Video

Don't get me wrong, this album is not filled with slow songs that will tug at your heart strings. In fact, this album is quite the opposite. Each song is uniquely mastered to form a stylish album. If you're a fan of DNCE, you'll love Eliza and the Bear (especially Group Therapy).

I have my personal favourite tracks, them being Rerun, Higher, Sweat Out The Small Stuff and basically all the other track on the album really! It's very hard to pick on favourite but I would say that Rerun is by far my favourite song off of the album. "I bet you're just another rerun" sets the tone for the song and that's all I'm going to give you for now - I highly recommend you listen to the track.

Now I can't include the album in this post just yet - that would be telling! You can order the album here. You can also listen to the album on Spotify.

This is a brilliant album that I would like to see get far in the charts - it's very very good. The band in general seem very genuine and down to earth from both the performance I watched and their songs on their album.

Enjoy listening!

Until next time...




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