New Politics latest, An Invitation to an Alternate Reality shows off the trio's always changing brand of music. Including this record, New Politics have made four drastically different records. If it weren't for the recognizable vocal of David Boyd, it would be hard to determine if the band that made A Bad Girl in Harlem and this record are the same band.
With An Invitation to an Alternate Reality, New Politics made a modern pop album. The backing beats, the rapping, the reverb, and the vibe - all of it screams music you hear in mainstream pop now. It's not without it's allure, for most of this record New Politics successfully shows off the transformation and their constant ability to chameleon themselves from one style to the next. It absolutely misses the mark a few times, but there are plenty of times where the album drills it right between the eyes - songs like "Let Your Head Go" "Unstoppable" and "Live The Life" are all great songs that really resonate.
New Politics latest album isn't the perfect record - the transitions between songs feel out of place and songs like "Suspension" push themselves into mainstream pop a little too much. But here's the thing, all of that is forgivable when you look at the whole picture. New Politics seemingly have reinvented themselves for the fourth time in four albums and takes big risks with almost every song. When you look at it like that - and hear where it pays off - then you've got to give them credit.