We review the new single from Public by Two – Leal

An eleven track pop-rock album with a splash of synth thrown in. It certainly will divide listeners, and won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but musical duo Public by Two have released their brand new album ‘Leal’.

The first thing you will probably notice when you press play is that all of it is in Spanish. This is because Public by Two are providing us with this music from Mexico. However, do not let the language barrier discourage you, because you might just love theses tracks.

Opening with ‘Anestesia’, the tone of the album is set straight away by the duo. The prominent snare drum and melodic vocals seem to be the defining feature of Public by Two’s sound, and sets them up with a brand as a Mexican Twenty One Pilots. If you don’t know Twenty One Pilots, google them and you’ll understand exactly what I mean.

‘Despertar’, ‘Quédate’, and ‘Eres’ follow the opener with a very consistent mood and speed. This means that by the fourth track it starts to feel like it needs shaking up before things quickly become boring. Fortunately, two of the stand-out songs come next.

‘Analog’ is full of pacing guitar and rolling vocals that draw you in, whilst the title-track ‘Leal’ is stacked with catchy power chord-driven choruses. Neither tune is too intense, and will not overwhelm. They’re just in the right place to get the listener moving and grooving.

Keeping things interesting, a shift in emotion occurs with the more sentimental track ‘Papá’. This is one you can have a pleasant whistle along too. It’s a clever move from the duo to provide a nice change in tone, and shows off their songwriting diversity.

By now we’re in the business end of things and the musical pair will be looking to make an impact. They do this through some very funky basslines that run the show in the songs ‘Cristal’ and ‘Amanecer’. If you’re not moving your feet to these songs then you definitely won’t be for the rest of the album.

Winding everything down, the album finishes on two more chilled out tunes ‘Solo’ and ‘Señales’. It leaves you with no feeling of incompleteness, and everything just seems well-rounded.

Public by Two have shown off their songwriting skills, and given us an album that really feels like an album. I know that seems obvious, but sometimes albums just feel like a random selection of songs. Don’t be scared of the language barrier either. Give them a try, you might like it.