Album Review: The Aces - Under My Influence

Updated: Jul 18, 2020

"Genre-hopping collection of summer-ready hits."

Words: Ben Jolley

Full of infectious pop sing-alongs and stadium-sized choruses, The Aces showcase their versatility as a band on album number two.

With ‘Under My Influence’, the Utah-born alt-pop four-piece - which consists of guitarist Katie Henderson, bassist McKenna Petty, and sisters Alisa Ramirez and Cristal Ramirez – deliver a genre-hopping collection of summer-ready hits. Breezy opener ‘Daydream’ and its follow-up ‘New Emotion’ would slot easily into the early Haim era, while the upbeat Disco flourishes of ‘Can You Do’ wouldn’t sound out of place on Dua Lipa’s latest album ('Future Nostaliga'). In a parallel world, the anthemic ‘Lost Angeles’ would fill massive arenas, with thousands singing back its hook at the top of their lungs, while ‘801’ carries the energy of a late-90s R&B girl group. The final four songs tackle the pain that comes from knowing an ex is moving on. Lyrically, ‘Cruel’ and ‘Thought Of You’ show a new vulnerability to the band’s output, while the guitar twangs on loved-up near-ballad ‘Going Home’ turn it into an effortless country-pop sing-along: it would make for a great alternative first dance track for indie lovers. ‘Zillionaire’, with its funky riffs and upbeat song structure, continues the loved-up vibe. Channelling all the feelings that come with getting into a new relationship, it’s full of excitement, intrigue and happiness - a sonic representation of what it feels like to be young and in love.

For Fans Of: Haim, Dua Lipa

Release Date: 17.07.20