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Album Review: Waterparks - Fandom




Being a Waterparks fan is certainly one hell of a rollercoaster ride.

The Texan trio were all set to release their third album, then-rumoured to be titled 'Friendly Reminder', but in March frontman Awsten Knight delivered the shock-horror news that he "accidentally" - or purposely - deleted all of the files for the record.

Fast-forward to the eve fo the release of the album, now titled 'Fandom', and they are causing a ruckus yet again after Awsten teased fans by sharing a fake leak to the record hours before it's due out, leading to #FandomLeaked trending on Twitter.

So let's cut to the chase ... is it worth the hype? [spoiler]

HELL YES!

With the brief opening number 'Cherry Red', you could be fooled into thinking you were in for just another pop punk record, but then by track three, 'Dream Boy', the band drop robotic Daft Punk synths with a straight-up pop chorus and you just know something is about to go down.

'High Definition' is like hellogoodbye 2.0. 'Turbulent' takes the listener into a techno vortex and somehow transitions into phones-in-the-air, arms-swaying ballad 'Never Bloom Again'. Awsten also gives his peers Yungblud and Post Malone a run for their money by flexing his rock-rap skills on '[Reboot]'.

The album's producer Zakk Cervini has worked on goth art pop star Poppy's records, so he was without doubt the man for the job of producing such a menagerie of sounds.

The LP's manic green artwork with a piece of orange spurting its juices couldn't sum up the frantic nature of this fruitful - pardon the pun - album any better.


Rating: 8/10

For Fans Of: Post Malone, Chase Atlantic, Yungblud

'Fandom' is released on October 11 via Hopeless Records