The Japanese House – Good At Falling review

You can’t beat heartbreak. That is of course when it’s being endured by somebody else; when it happens to you the world feels like it’s collapsing in, which can make heartbreak albums fun in a purely voyeuristic way, as long as it’s not happening to you. You get the point.

Good At Falling isn’t strictly a breakup album, although a number of the songs and sentiments Amber Bain projects into it are about love’s grinding emotional cycle, from infatuation to obsession and all points forward and back from those.

At times it feels like tresspassing: on We Talk All Time Bain sings, ‘We don’t f*ck anymore/But we talk all the time so that’s fine’, as much in relief that the broken pieces of the affair have somehow normed, whatever the outcome.

There are other moments which sound much more orthodox, from the chanson-pop of You Seemed So Happy to Everybody Hates Me’s messy weave of synths and piano, both of which underline a talent for storytelling and jumping mood and tone. Good At Falling isn’t a heartbreak album – unless you want it to be.

You can read the full review here.

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