Going forward, it’s going to be extremely hard not to compare every piece of music that WALK THE MOON releases to their debut album. That’s what happens when you make what can be considered a classic LP. With the album that the band released directly after that, “TALKING IS HARD”, it’s going to be even more of a challenge to do that. Still, that’s what needs to happen because this record is a completely different album for WALK THE MOON, although some of the elements still exist.
The very first thing you need to know about TALKING IS HARD is that it was produced by Tim Pagnotta. The former Sugarcult frontman and the well-known producer of Neon Trees’ debut and most recent album helped Walk the Moon with this album, and his finger prints are all over it. Because of Pagnotta’s influence there is immediately less of an alternative indie-pop vibe to this record and more of a straightforward pop feel. There’s not a lot of space incorporated into these songs, and although some of the trademarked random lyrics are still here for WALK THE MOON – they’re presented if more of a traditional song structure than what we’ve heard from the band before.
TALKING IS HARD is a pop record. That’s not a bad thing. It’s not a slump record that some might say it is, but it’s not what anybody expected. For this reviewer, personally I think there’s a lot of good here – you can listen to it a hundred times and hear something new to appreciate each time through. I don’t know if there’s a better test for an album. It’s not as good as the last record, but really – what could they have done that would have been?