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Summer Set, The - ...In Color Album Cover
Author's Rating
Vocals 5.5
Musicianship 5.5
Lyrics 5.25
Production 7
Creativity 5
Lasting Value 6.75
Reviewer Tilt 7.5
Final Verdict: 61%
Member Ratings
Vocals 0.25
Musicianship 0.25
Lyrics 0.25
Production 0.25
Creativity 0.25
Lasting Value 0.25
Reviewer Tilt 0.25
Average: 3%
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Summer Set, The - ...In Color

Reviewed by: more heart (04/22/09)
The Summer Set - ...In Color
Record Label: The Militia Group
Release Date: September 30, 2008

Who?

A pop rock band from Scottsdale, Arizona with their debut EP for The Militia Group.

How is it?

...In Color is a fairly intriguing release that ultimately falls flat due to The Summer Set's inability to break free from the current trends. Though...In Color isn't completely oversaturated with auto-tuned vocals, they are used just enough to detract from the overall enjoyment of this release. Take the opener "Cross Your Fingers" for example. Twice, just as the chorus begins, the auto-tune vocals kick in to coincide with some overly cliche and terribly unnecessary dance beats. "She's Got the Rhythm" is another example where auto-tune abuse is rampant, which again, takes away from the song itself. Though the presence isn't nearly as strong with the rest of ...In Color, there are still auto-tuned vocals to be found. As expected, the lyrics aren't anything to write home about. "Cross Your Fingers" showcases the best lyrics of this release, though it certainly isn't breaking any new ground.

It's not that ...In Color is terrible by any means. Personally, I continually find myself singing along to the songs. That said, catchy songs can only take a band so far. After a while, you'll want more substance from this band, and that's something that ...In Color fails to deliver. All of the electronic tricks employed by The Summer Set will only hinder them, not help them. Not to mention, it becomes extremely frustrating when a band that clearly possesses talent falls victim to the same old cliches. Unless the band makes some serious changes next time around, they will be yet another band few will remember in a year or so, once this neon craze has died down.

Recommended If You LikeArtist Vs Poet; The Morning Of; The Scenic; Mercy Mercedes


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07:16 PM on 04/29/09
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I think they're pretty good, and they can write a good, catchy pop song.
06:34 PM on 04/30/09
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I think they're pretty good, and they can write a good, catchy pop song.
Don't get me wrong, I like these guys but, they follow every possible trend in the pop rock scene and their lyrics are close to the worst in the genre.
06:37 PM on 04/30/09
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Don't get me wrong, I like these guys but, they follow every possible trend in the pop rock scene and their lyrics are close to the worst in the genre.
Then why would you give lyrics an above average score if you think that they're one of the worst in the genre?
06:40 PM on 04/30/09
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Then why would you give lyrics an above average score if you think that they're one of the worst in the genre?
I have a different interpretation of the scale than most reviewers. I also said that the lyrics were bad and close to some of the worst in the genre. Not one of the worst.
06:41 PM on 04/30/09
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I have a different interpretationof the scale than most reviewers. I also said that the lyrics were bad and close to some of the worst in the genre. Not one of the worst.
Yeah, I'm the same way with the score, and people give me shit for it. And yeah, I'll admit, the lyrics are pretty terrible.
06:43 PM on 04/30/09
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Yeah, I'm the same way with the score, and people give me shit for it. And yeah, I'll admit, the lyrics are pretty terrible.
Well, as long as you don't interpret a score of say 6.5 or 7 average, I think it's fair.
06:44 PM on 04/30/09
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Well, as long as you don't interpret a score of say 6.5 or 7 average, I think it's fair.
.......................alright..... .what do you consider average?
06:47 PM on 04/30/09
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.......................alright..... .what do you consider average?
Upper 5 I guess. I don't really have an exact number per se.
06:51 PM on 04/30/09
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Upper 5 I guess. I don't really have an exact number per se.
Yeah. Same here. If you were talking about my posts in the relpies of the Alesana review, I was just trying point out to the guy I was arguing with that he himself had trashed albums that he gave 50 percents to also, and that a 7 is a reasonable score by his interpretation.
06:55 PM on 04/30/09
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Yeah. Same here. If you were talking about my posts in the relpies of the Alesana review, I was just trying point out to the guy I was arguing with that he himself had trashed albums that he gave 50 percents to also, and that a 7 is a reasonable score by his interpretation.
That's actually very similar to how I score though sometimes what happens is that when the scores come out, it computes to something higher than what I wanted(see: Kingdoms and Mychildren Mybride).
07:00 PM on 04/30/09
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That's actually very similar to how I score though sometimes what happens is that when the scores come out, it computes to something higher than what I wanted(see: Kingdoms and Mychildren Mybride).
But that's how it works. You're not supposed to judge based on how you want the score to come out, you have to honestly judge each category without keeping in mind the final score.
07:04 PM on 04/30/09
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But that's how it works. You're not supposed to judge based on how you want the score to come out, you have to honestly judge each category without keeping in mind the final score.
While that maybe true, in each review I made some scoring errors in each review(there are catergories that I feel should have been lower, oh well).
07:06 PM on 04/30/09
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While that maybe true, in each review I made some scoring errors in each review(there are catergories that I feel should have been lower, oh well).
Well, you can always go back and edit the score if you change your mind.
07:09 PM on 04/30/09
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Well, you can always go back and edit the score if you change your mind.
Yeah but I feel bad doing so. I've done it once with my first review and I vowed not to do it again.
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