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It has been four year's since YACHT released Shangri-La on James Murphy's DFA label and there have been a few adjustments. The most prominent of these is that Claire L. Evans, a woman the New York Times once described as a "neo-Annie Lennox," is the group's sole lead singer. She had officially joined the group founded by Jona Bechtolt in 2008 and helped transition the group to a more pop-oriented sound on 2009's See Mystery Lights and the aforementioned Shangri-La. But this time around, it is just her face on the cover and it would seem that, given her extensive credentials in the tech world, it is her message that litters the group's sixth record, I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler. Unfortunately for Evans, the album's message is sullied by its heavy-handed, overwrought presentation.

In an interview with LA Mag, YACHT stated that their "moniker stands for Young Americans Challenging High Technology." This mission statement is present on every one of their new record's 11 tracks. At face value, it is an engaging topic, which, considering YACHT's recent penchant for punky dance-pop, seems ripe for success. In fact, the album's marketing campaign was brilliantly conducted. It was announced through a video filmed by a drone, fans could be sent faxes of the album artwork and another music video only played when Uber prices surged in Los Angeles.

And on a surface level, I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler--the group's first album to be released by Downtown Records--has some exceptionally catchy moments. The oscillating synthesizers and punchy drum machine on album closer 'The Entertainment', as well as the church bells and strings on the record's title track are just two of the record's highlights. The title track is of particular note, as it features one of Evans' finest vocal melodies played out over a funky beat laden with orchestral flairs. It is the best crystallization of everything this album strived to be.

But, by and large, the record stumbles when Evans' puts her message into lyrics. Non-stop references to LED screens, condescending mentions of "mediated war zones and countries full of death," as well as a concluding call for "death by entertainment" do not seem to be much more convincing in their intentions than a friend who says they have a flip phone because it helps them "stay grounded." You nod and understand, but probably won't change yourself much.

The topic of modern technological reliance has proven to be a hard one to tackle through music. Arcade Fire's Reflektor gave it a whirl in 2013 to middling results and YACHT achieves much the same thing here. But where YACHT does vault their Canadian predecessors is in the ability to make someone actually want to dance. Both group's tried to present their thesis under a mirror ball, but only YACHT did it without seeming like the awkward white person who likes disco but can't dance to it.

Still, I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler leaves the listener wishing for a little less preaching and a little more grooving.

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