Sonny - Gypsyhook EP
Record Label: Atlantic
Release Date: April 7, 2009
When Sonny Moore decided to leave his highly successful band, From First to Last, I was skeptical. When I found out he left the band to work on an electronica project, I was even more skeptical. Gypsyhook is the first official release of Sonny's new project, and oh boy, is it disappointing.
After I heard the first demo that surfaced, entitled "Signal," I got pretty excited. It was a good song. When I found out it wouldn't be on the EP, I was, once again, skeptical. What this EP is, is three original tracks, "Gypsyhook," "Mora," and "Copaface2." The rest of the EP is four remixes of these three songs, and a Japanese version of "Mora." The first thing I noticed about this album, is that the tracklisting looks horrible. I mean, come on, who thought it was a good idea to put two remixes of the same song right after one another? After I listened to the album for the first time, I realize the tracklisting is a bigger problem than I previously thought-- these remixes are flat out bad and all sound the same. I can barely tell the two different remixes of "Mora" apart, and it just sounds like one long, ten minute, extremely repetitive song. Also, there are four different versions of one song, "Mora." Come on, add a little diversity here people! The Japanese version of this song is completely pointless, since it's the exact same thing as the original, only in Japanese, so you can't understand any of it. I really don't understand the point of all of these remixes.
But, remixed and Japanese songs aside, the three originals are decent at best. All three are far better than the other five tracks on the EP. The title track, "Gypsyhook," is at most catchy and fun, but also extremely forgettable. "Mora" is the best track on the EP, which is again, catchy and fun, but not nearly as forgettable as the title track. "Copaface2" is another dancy song, yet nothing special.
Overall, I was hoping this album would be good, even though I didn't think it had the potential to be. Now that I've heard it, I think it did have the potential to be a solid dance-pop record. Sonny simply needs some more experience as an artist and songwriter before he'll release something that is what could be considered "good," or maybe if he's lucky, something great.