Album Review: Bleached “Don’t You Think You’ve Had Enough?”

on July 7, 2019

Don’t You Think You’ve Had Enough? by L.A.-based Bleached is an album of commitments: to sisterhood, to sobriety, to living honestly. A hard and bittersweet look in the mirror, the Clavin sisters, (Jennifer writing lyrics for vocals, and Jessie on guitar, among other instruments), don’t hold back any punches—or hooks—as they serenade about struggles with self-sabotage while rocking out to a newfound sense of self-love.

Runaway opener, “Heartbeat Away” sets the tone and energy for the album’s twelve-track victory lap. Although, that’s not to say that the victory comes easy. Arguably their most raw and ambitious album to date, it’s precisely the sisters’ head-on grappling with the past that gives each song a sense of purpose—be it self-criticism: “Rebound City” and “Daydream,” or self-encouragement: “Hard to Kill” and “Awkward Phase”.

Revisiting some of the more YOLO and escapist themes of past LPs, Don’t You Think You’ve Had Enough? manages to create something new from embracing and reframing the sisters’ past rather than condemning it. Producer Shane Stoneback (Vampire Weekend, Sleigh Bells) leaves just the right amount of fingerprints to help the sisters’ story shine and stand on its own while still capitalizing on previously untouched sonic opportunities. The Clavin’s have never sounded more confident, in-sync, or summer car stereo-approved.

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