Melbourne based musician Alex Lahey has returned with her second album The Best of Luck Club, following up from her successful debut album I Love You Like A Brother (2017). After touring locally and internationally Lahey has dedicated her time to record this second album, she spent some time in Nashville where she wrote half of the record, Lahey has described her writing process as “just locking herself in a room 12 hours a day”.
This record will take you on a rollercoaster of youth emotions. Consisting of 10 songs, Lahey switches from heavy guitar riffs to lively piano hooks. The record documents the 12 months to which Lahey navigated the highest highs and the lowest lows, and boy does this album reflect that, each song exploring a new emotion and experience, keeping you constantly captivated. A particular tug at the heartstrings is in ‘I Don’t Get Invited To Parties Anymore’, which sees Lahey reflect the consequences of being in the music industry and all it requires of her.
Earlier this year Lahey teased the new album with her sax-infused single ‘Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself’ and confirmed it with ‘Am I Doing It Right’, which incorporates her iconic blunt storytelling to which she discusses the judgement of a musicians lifestyle.
My personal favourites include ‘Misery Guts’, a short, punchy track, and the melodic ‘Isabella’ which are both very different tunes, but really portray Lahey’s musical diversity. This album is candid and relatable, and I cannot wait to see this performed live.
Nicky Boy Records/Caroline Australia
Reviewed by Kayla Macleod