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McCafferty – Yarn

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    There’s no holding back on Yarn for McCafferty. The band tackles tough subjects and kicks off the album with “Loser.” The first line is “I saw the loser trip and fall” and it sets the tone for the entire album. McCafferty lets it all out on this record. Last year, they returned from their hiatus with Thanks. Sorry. Sure. and while they had a lot to say then, this album feels even more honest and personal than the EP.

    Singer and guitarist, Nick Hartkop, uses his experience as a teacher for inspiration for some of the songs, but does so most notable in “Paper, Pencil, Copyright.” It’s almost hard to imagine him as a teacher when you listen to the band. You can tell that this is his outlet and he puts his all into it.

    This album is a pretty heavy listen. You have “It’s A,” which is a more somber affair. A relationship is deteriorating as we listen and Nick admits to being afraid to talk about what the song is really about. Musically, there’s a shift in this song, too, since it’s mostly backed by an acoustic guitar instead of the raging guitars we hear in other songs. It makes this feel inherently more intimate and the lyrics make it feel that way, too.

    You also have the oddity in “Westboro Sadness” and its incorporation of operatic sounding music. It doesn’t fit in with the band’s vibe, so it’s an interesting choice. Aside from that creative choice, the song rips its way through in just over two minutes. Speeding things up certainly made the slow start stand out more and it might be my least favorite thing McCafferty did on the album.

    If you’re looking for a band that rips, knows when to give off a more intimate vibe, and just knows how to be true to themselves, McCafferty is a band you should be listening to. Their experiences shape this album and Nick isn’t afraid to leave it all out on the line. It might not be an upbeat album, but that doesn’t mean the melodies won’t stick with you. There’s no topic that McCafferty shies away from and that’s why their honesty oozes out of Yarn.