“Offer empathy, don’t get lost in pride/Forgive your friends, they are only young.”
Although this sounds like an extract from the Bible, it’s actually a sample of lyrics from Noah And The Whale’s fourth album (and accompanying film) ‘Heart Of Nowhere’. Instead of being wrapped up in the past-teen heartache of his split with singer Laura Marling (2009’s First Days Of Spring) and the infinite number of possibilities beyond that (Last Night On Earth), Charlie wakes up and smells adulthood.
It’s like a counsel for today’s youth, or rather letters to a younger self, the lyrics touch upon painfully relatable topics, that uncovers and celebrates the richness in the world, which is quite exceptional, considering real life tends to be slightly dull compared to life in the movies.
‘Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it/ Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of fishing the past’.
I’d say that this album is by far one of their best, still touching a few concepts of their previous albums, yet completely reinventing themselves to be more self-accepting and mature. Personally, I’d give it around 8/10