Honestly, I really wish I didn't read the review for Reach for the Sun. It's having a Lydia effect on me.
What I mean is when Lydia's Illuminate came out to much acclaim on this site last year, I was excited. The MySpace songs sounded great, so I took a chance and bought the hard copy of it. I listened to the first few tracks and I liked it...then it went downhill. I couldn't help but notice every song sounded way too similar after a while and ruined it for me. It's a decent album, but the acclaim made it sound like it was one of the best albums this decade, which it was far from.
Although Reach for the Sun isn't having quite as catastrophic of an effect on me, I'm really beginning to hear a lack of individuality for each song. The first three songs start out great; catchy emo sounding like Jimmy Eat World circa Clarity/Bleed American with some seriously uplifting lyrics. But after a while (with the exceptions of "Surfaced", "Reach for the Sun", and "Northern Lights"), the album really just keeps sounding like essentially the same song to me. The album as a whole is good for a long bike ride or to get a positive boost from their really-relatable lyrics, but I'm not feeling that 95% rating that the site and users gave. It's way too over the top and, even if it might make my AOTY Top 10 list, it won't be an Album of the Year for me. I'd say this is a solid 84% or so, definitely worth downloading some songs.