[Album Review] Partner- In Search of Lost Time
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Release Date: September 8, 2017
Label: You’ve Changed Records

I remember the first time I saw Partner, they described themselves as “The Lesbian Green Day” and I don’t think there could be anything more apt. In Search of Lost Time, brings back the rock sound of the Dookie era, but write whatever the hell they want to write about.

Partner writes the kind of modern song that you wish you could write and get away with. The hilarious tale of getting high in the opener (“Everybody Knows Your High”), to everyone’s secret pleasure of watching “Daytime TV” (my personal favourite)  and finding a “Sex Object” in their roommate’s room, just shows you Partner can write songs about literally anything. They do have a serious moment with the twangy “Creature in the Sun”. What I enjoy most of their lyrics, is that it’s uninhibited, they are proud to be the person they are in the songs without the hint of pretention.

Although half the album might be inappropriate for public airwaves, “Comfort Zone” is earworm that is radio friendly. Other tunes like “Play the Field” & “You Don’t Have to Say Thank You” call to memory older Tegan and Sara tunes. The best part about Partner is not only can they write hilarious pop songs but they can shred too. They can be singing about weird stuff one second, and then blast into a crazy (but not too self-indulgent) solo to end off the song. It’s hard not to air guitar along to songs like “Ambassador to Ecstasy”.  What songs do you want to air guitar to in 2017?

Not a lot of people in the digital age include skits with their album, but there are actually 7 short skit tracks on the album. The first skit parodies Prozzak’s “Hot Show”. All of them capture the fun personality that Partner present on the live stage, however, I could see how it could be slightly confusing for those who haven’t been following along as closely, or just want to rock out to the tunes.

There’s not a lot of bands nowadays that appreciate the classic guitar solos and bring them into a digestible format for modern times, but Partner’s In Search of Lost Time, brings the riff-rock of the 90s as well as a really good time.