Villagers – Where Have You Been All My Life?

I left my demons at the door, so what you opening it for?

1. 8. 16

Villagers released a Live compilation of old songs this past Friday called Where Have You Been All My Life? (album may contain explicit content). Lead singer Conor O’Brian and the rest of the band recorded each song in only a matter of one or two takes, which has naturally led to a simple, honest sound. I heard of Villagers around a couple years ago, but never took the time, other than a few ten-second snippets, until now to check them out. I don’t remember my initial thoughts on them, which was probably the problem. They were forgettable. Nothing in their sound seemed to grab me. But with a closer listen to a range of work from their discography in this release, I began to hear bits and pieces of subtle beauty in their simple sound. There are still many moments where I find myself bored, but there are a fair share of times I am intrigued instead. Although this is a collection of songs from different albums, there is still a cohesiveness found throughout the album, which is beautifully held together by O’Brian’s calm and quiet voice. For current fans of Villagers, I do not know what affect, if any, this album will have on you as these songs are old, reused material. But for me, as a newer listener of the band, I found this to be a helpful introduction to Villagers, although I am not dying in anticipation for any new material either. 

For Fans Of: Other Lives, Matthew E. White, Patrick Watson
Favorite Songs: The Soul Serene, My Lighthouse, Everything I Am Is Yours
Top 10 Potential: No
Album Cover: 9.0/10

Click Here to Give Villagers a Listen

What are your thoughts on the album? Love it? Hate it? Indifferent? I’d love to hear what you are thinking. Was there another album released this Friday you want to recommend to myself and others to listen to? Feel free to post any thoughts or recommendations below!

Other Notable Releases 
David Bowie – Blackstar


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