With Peninsula Vinyl Floor prove themselves worthy students of Britpop.
Peninsula is an impressive record in terms of scope and sound. Clearly, Vinyl Floor have done their research on the best of Britpop. Unfortunately, some of the worst elements of that genre are brought out at various points throughout Peninsula. It’s a shame because it ultimately deadens some of the impact of an interesting concept.
Vinyl Floor have split this album into two parts. The first half of the record represents Utopia and the songs’ sunny dispositions complement that ideology nicely before the transition to Dystopia. When the two intersect on “Diverging Paths” it becomes the record’s most fully-realized moment. “Diverging Paths” provides a high point the rest of the record has trouble reaching. By the time “Frozen Moon” rolls around as a reprieve from the dark matter of the second half, it’s clear that Vinyl Floor are at their best fusing both sounds, instead of focusing on just one.
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