Lauv All 4 Nothing Review
Lauv All 4 Nothing Review
Lauv is a pop rock artist known for his captivating and innovative soundscapes. The multi-Platinum chart-topping singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist establishes himself as a storyteller, first and foremost. Lauv’s stories enchant audiences everywhere, and the proof is in his amassing 11 billion streams. His journey started in 2015 when he introduced himself with a viral sensation, The Other, which contained the global smash “I Like Me Better.” It tallied over 2 billion streams, reaching Top 10 chart positioning at Top 40 radio and Top 5 chart positioning at Hot AC radio in the US, went sextuple-Platinum in the US and Platinum in twelve other countries. He served up the Gold-selling 2018 playlist I Met You When I Was 18 and Gold-selling 2020 debut album How I’m feeling along with a procession of hits, including the Platinum hit “I’m So Tired” with Troye Sivan as well as Gold-certified singles “There’s No Way” [feat. Julia Michaels] and “Fuck, I’m Lonely” [feat. Anne-Marie].” In between selling out headline tours and supporting Ed Sheeran in stadiums, he performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!, The Late Late Show with James Corden, and more. Lauv will release his highly-anticipated second full-length album, All 4 Nothing, featuring “26” and lead single “All 4 Nothing (I’m So In Love).”
About the Album
All 4 Nothing is a string of viral hits with Lauv exploring his place in the world across 13 of his most personal tracks yet. “When I started this album, I was going through a big existential crisis, questioning everything I had and why I had it. I was also struggling a lot with self-confidence and wondering if I ever truly had that, where I lost it, etc.” Lauv wrote on an Instagram post the night before “Kids Are Born Star” came out. “I heard somewhere that as kids, we’re all born with this innate confidence and ability to be stars in whatever right that might be,” Lauv explained, “but along the way it’s easy to lose that as the world beats it out of us, and a lot of us forget, so I set out on a journey to find my confidence and where my ‘starpower’ came from.”
Our Favorite Tracks
The second selection on this outing, “Stranger,” has a catchy beat and memorable melody. The electro-pop sounds and sensibilities match well with Lauv’s keening tones, especially in his higher register. Lauv’s tone is low on grit and the vibrato scale, and he makes excellent use of subtle timbral differences. The song form is simple, and the different instruments meld and have a good deal of variety and interplay.
Another track I enjoy spinning is the title track, “All 4 Nothing (I’m So In Love).” I appreciate listening to Lauv effortlessly navigate the large leaps in the melody and some of the similarities to a George Michaels’ song. I would characterize the backing instruments and the song’s instrumentation as bland, but the leader’s vocal chops save the day in the end. More instrumental textures and going from lean to full orchestration with subtle variances would help. This would allow repeated listens to reveal new layers and sub textures.
All 4 Nothing projects a sound that paints many colors and rhythms around Lauv’s versatile singing and storytelling lyrics. The music is basically vibrant but does not encompass any deep gravity in the development of parts or backing growth in layers. The songs are fittingly reverent to Lauv’s singing, though, and his vocal skills beautifully keep this project alive and worth your time to take a listen.
All 4 Nothing
August 5, 2022