I Prefer the Early Stuff – The Winter Olympics (Album Review)

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In an age when pop artists and Top 40 bands produce singles every few months, it’s almost a rarity to find a musician or band that spends years working on an album – nonetheless, a decade. This October, the Winter Olympics will be releasing its long-awaited debut studio album, “Profit and Loss,” which follows its self-released, self-titled EP. The first single from the album, “I Prefer the Early Stuff,” will be released May 28.

The Winter Olympics classifies itself as a “dance, punk, indie, rock ‘n’ roll band,” and this describes “I Prefer the Early Stuff” perfectly. However, this track gravitates more toward the “dance” genre. In fact, the song conjures up images of high schoolers jumping around with glow sticks (which is appropriate since two of the band members met at an indie disco). Unfortunately, this song doesn’t have many notable qualities. The sound is very simplistic, and the vocalist continues to hit the same few notes throughout the song. It also takes quite a while to build to the climax of the track, which is just the chorus along with some muffled, unintelligible singing.

On the other hand, the lyrics are very relatable. The song is about music and relationships and how both seem to lose their luster over time. “I prefer the early stuff/ When everything was good enough/ When passion could still cover up/ The fact that we just made it up.” The irony about this song and its meaning is that although it’s the single from the band’s first full-length album, the band has been together since 2002. One would think that releasing a band’s first full-length album is too soon to be jaded about the music industry, but these guys (and girl) already have the experience under their belts.

Although this track isn’t particularly memorable, the Winter Olympics likely put on a very lively, fun show. Perhaps, instead of going the record-label route, the band should consider its own lyrics and just play for the sake of playing: “Nowadays it’s so rehearsed/ Practice seems to make it worse.”

Emily Thompson

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