As originally published by Alex Rodobolski on Exclaim!
Peach Pit know what they do best, and they proudly stick to it. Perhaps best described as “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” You and Your Friends doesn’t bring anything new to the table, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
With their sophomore album, the Vancouver quartet further explore their signature sound. While Being So Normal was their melancholy debut, You and Your Friends proves that Peach Pit is that friend that just gets you. No matter how long it’s been since you’ve seen them, you know that you’ll always be able to pick up right where you left off.
“Black Licorice” finds the band owning up to the terrible insecurity that all of your friends would rather spend their time without you — much like the maligned candy the song is named after. In contrast, “Figure 8” is encompassed in nostalgia. Rather than wallowing in self pity, it looks back on the past with a vague longing that rarely shows itself on the rest of the album.
Much of You and Your Friends finds Peach Pit in a transitional period. Lyrically, the album is set in that state of limbo you often experience after going through a breakup. While this can cause regression for some, Peach Pit are clearly focused on progressing forward. The job isn’t done yet, but the blueprints are laid out on the table.
No, You and Your Friends doesn’t yet take a step forward. But it provides a warm embrace of familiarity — a feeling that’s welcome during any uncertain time.