A Golden Era - Life: As Played By People
Record Label: Unsigned
Release Date: April 3, 2009
To put it simply, life is a game for any musician hoping to make it big. Maybe that's why the title of A Golden Era's debut makes sense. Much like the game of life, there are many twists and turns throughout the album that guide the listener to find their own interpretation of what it all means. Because each individual is the player, he or she is the one that will ultimately decide whether to keep listening or veer off the the chosen path and move on to something different. At first, it appears to be another pop-punk album. But give it time, and its real potential begins to show.
Like all human lives, Life starts with a purpose. Here, it is to provide a basic feel for the album. "Denver - The Sunshine State" opens with a slow tempo, but picks up when it hits the chorus. Catchy guitar riffs provide for an enjoyable song. Much of this continues on throughout the remainder of Life. It reaches high points on songs like "Shake It Off" and "That's What She Said". However, before judging by the title of the song, keep in mind that old saying about books and their covers. "Shake It Off" is far from something that Cobra Starship or All Time Low would produce. In fact, the title doesn't have anything to do with dancing and getting your groove on.
When all is said and done, Life fulfills its purpose. The end result is a nicely done pop-rock album with more than enough potential to hook any fan of the genre.