The Comeback Season - Say Safe
Record Label: Unsigned
Release Date: January 20, 2009
Pop-punk. Some say its heyday has long passed, and others say it is on the verge of a Renaissance. Regardless of any of these opinions, there will always be kids playing the genre, for better or for worse. The Comeback Season is one of these bands, and though this band plays it damn well, they unfortunately offer nothing new.
On this effort, they open up with the song “Cities.” This song has a nice intro and lyrics reminiscent of a Lancaster-era Mayday Parade. It has a great guitar line, and the catchy gang vocals at the end manage not to sound tacky (did ya hear that, A Day to Remember?). However, despite the technical greatness of the song, it lacks something important: good production. This problem persists throughout this effort, making the songs less memorable than they would be with higher production values. The next two songs, “The Matador” and “If I Could Change Your Mind,” bleed into each other. Though the songs feature some interesting guitar work and great drumming, they are generic and indistinguishable from a lot of other pop punk bands out there. However, after the mediocrity of those two tracks, the song “Hands” comes on. This song is a complete gem, a true diamond in the rough. The beginning features great guitars and drums, the vocals and lyrics remain interesting, and the song ends with a nice slow bit. The only problem with this song would be that flaws in the mixing of the album are occasionally made very, if not briefly, clear. The track leads directly into title track, “Stay Safe,” a song with a good lead-in and a great chorus. This song also hints at some great control of dynamics and atmosphere within the band, as the only thing that stopped this song from soaring was the production. The final track, “The Sky Is Ours,” is a strong, yet fairly average closer.
Overall, this is a mixed effort from The Comeback Season. While some songs are doomed to mediocrity, others are pure diamonds. Highlights include “Cities,” “Hands,” and “Stay Safe,” and I personally cannot wait for the next effort from this band.