Wallows Deals with Complex Themes in ‘Tell Me That It’s Over’

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Exploring love and loss in an overtly honest way, Wallows created a second album meant to be listened to from start to finish.

Wallows is composed of guitarists and vocalists Dylan Minnette and Braeden Lemasters, with Cole Preston on drums. The trio’s debut album “Nothing Happens” was released just over three years ago, featuring the RIAA certified double platinum “Are You Bored Yet?”

With a tour slated for later this year, this album maintains the band’s signature sound without feeling stale. The themes are just as open and complex as their previous work, while incorporating unique instruments and doubling down on their alternative influences. 

The album begins with a sharp inhale from frontman Minnette in the song “Hard to Believe,” setting the tone for the album, both contextually and sonically. 

Courtesy of Atlantic Records Alternative band Wallows released its “Tell Me That It’s Over” album March 25.

As the lyrics deal with struggling in a serious relationship, the music takes a turn from a violin-heavy intro to a hard-rock anthem.

The band deals with the same turmoil in the album’s first single “I Don’t Want to Talk,” as their lyrics beg their partner to end things.

“I don’t want to talk / So could you tell me that it’s over,” Minnette and Lemasters harmonize.

The band experiments with unusual but welcome sounds in “Especially You,” integrating banjos and harmonicas into their retro persona.

An album standout, “At the End of the Day,” features Lemasters’ lead vocals over ‘80s-inspired synths. From bridge to verse, Lemasters finds himself coming to terms with where he stands in his relationship.

This song finds Lemasters asking, “But at the end of the day / Are we on our way to breaking?”

Minnette retakes the mic for the next two songs, joined in the chorus by Lydia Night on “Permanent Price.” As the frontwoman for The Regrettes and Minnette’s current girlfriend, Night’s presence accentuates the album’s emphasis on love.

“Cause I hope that we can feel the way we do now for all time,” the couple sings together. “I feel so content I could die, I might let it happen.”

In the best way possible, every song gives the impression it could have been split in two. There are usually at least two instrumental compositions filling the tracks, as “Missing Out” fluctuates between being a soft ballad and a 2000s alt-rock song.

“Hurts Me” contains an intoxicating chorus where Lemasters and Minnette sing heartbreaking lyrics back and forth over an excessively upbeat jam. “That’s What I Get” leans into the misery as Lemasters laments over his failed romance.

After nine songs and 30 minutes, Wallows creates an extremely satisfying build-up to the final track “Guitar Romantic Search Adventure.” Despite the campy title, the lyrical and musical tone of this song pairs seeing a future in a relationship and worrying that it’s going to end.

Conflicted the entire song, Minnette finally says, “So now I hope that you don’t tell me that it’s over,” providing a beautiful conclusion to an exemplary sophomore album.

“Tell Me That It’s Over” can now be streamed on all major platforms.

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