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Hellogoodbye - Would It Kill You?

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Hellogoodbye - Would It Kill You?
Release Date: November 9, 2010
Record Label: Wasted Summer Records
This review was written by an AP.net staff member.
Forrest Kline has perhaps outdone himself. Frontman for powerpop group Hellogoodbye, Kline was the genius behind the group's 2006 debut full length Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs! That album sold over half a million copies and "Here (In Your Arms)" became a platinum single, so to outdo himself after that must have required quite the feat.

Would It Kill You? is that feat. The group's new full length finds itself released near the end of an incredible year of music, but holds its own as one of the top releases in 2010. Undoubtedly the best poppy release this year, and probably one of the best of the last five years or so, Would It Kill You? is better than its predecessor in many ways.

But it seems almost unfair to compare the two albums because it's almost as if two completely different bands wrote them. The difference is evident right from opener "Finding Something To Do". Where there once was disco-esque electronics, there is an acoustic guitar. Where there once were autotuned vocals, there is now...erm...better normal vocals. Point is, this band has progressed about as much as any band can progress in four years. While not many can resist the nostalgia of songs like "Shimmy Shimmy Quarter Turn" and "Touchdown Turnaround", the post-Drive Thru Records version of Hellogoodbye proves to be much more substantial.

Kline's lyrics still smell like roses, as nearly every song is about a girl. There will be no complaints being made though, as he gets them across with a passion, intensity, and fervor that wasn't audible on previous Hellogoodbye releases. He also delivers fantastic one-liners, such as "Driving home tonight / I didn't see the lights / I was just watching you sleeping shotgun / I could have crashed the car / As long as there is something to see / I'll see it with you / As long as the days continue / We'll find something to do," from the aforementioned opener. That may seem like a strange choice of lyrics to pull out into a review, but the music complements them so well that it is phenomenal to hear.

"When We First Met", the first song released from this album, could prove to be a successful single in the future. It is flushed out for a pop song, but the hook is compact and the band has a great chemistry on this track. That chemistry spills over into the rest of the record, making it sound very tight and holistic. Would It Kill You? has no low points and never drags on. Departures from the sound of old Hellogoodbye continue with the presence of brass instruments on songs like "Getting Old" and "Betrayed By Bones".

The album sees its strongest points during "You Sleep Alone" and the title track, both of which have a fast-paced rock edge to them. Hellogoodbye is at its best when Kline is belting out charming lyrics at a million miles an hour and the rest of the band is keeping the blistering pace with the same intensity. "Coppertone" is another highlight despite being completely different from most of the album. It's a little slowed down and very well orchestrated as the vocals take a backseat to background "ooos" and a mellow guitar part.

"The Thoughts That Give Me the Creeps" and closing track "Something You Misplaced" are the other two examples of successfully slowed down songs. This band has not only progressed musically and lyrically, but it has added entire new levels of songs to its catalog with this release.

It would have been easy for Hellogoodbye to completely sell out after all of the success that they experienced after the release of their first full length. They probably could have inked a major record label contract and churned out top 40 hits for years. But like their biography says, the group has remained self-made men. With a merch store being run out of a spare bedroom and a garage-turned-recording studio, Hellogoodbye are doing big-band things in a little-band fashion, something that only adds to the allure of their music. If the result of this DIY mentality is an album like Would It Kill You?, then Hellogoodbye should never change a thing. It was worth the four-year wait.

Recommended If You LikeI'm really not going to compare this album to any other. Listen to it willya. Okay fine, fun., Steel Train, good pop rock done right and not like other pop rock that is done wrong.
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Bare Essentials1. Finding Something To Do
2. Getting Old
3. When We First Met
4. Betrayed By Bones
5. You Sleep Alone
6. When We First Kissed
7. The Thoughts That Give Me the Creeps
8. I Never Can Relax
9. Coppertone
10. Would It Kill You?
11. Something You Misplaced
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars, go away.
Produced By: Hellogoodbye, Run Time: 36 minutes
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12:31 AM on 11/05/10
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When I wrote the review for the Marianas Trench album, I didn't think anything else in this genre would come close to it. But this is better. For poppy records this year: HBG, Marianas Trench, Mercy Mercedes, The Narrative. That's my order and I don't see any upcoming releases that are going to touch it.
12:41 AM on 11/05/10
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A good RIYL would still be fun. and Steel Train for those who might not be interested in checking this out just because they didn't like the first album.

I wasn't the biggest fan of their first album, but I can't stop listening to this album. It's an incredible record. The Thoughts That Give Me the Creeps is still my favorite track of this album.
12:44 AM on 11/05/10
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Guessing this blows their previous work out of the water? Either way excited for this and good review.
12:47 AM on 11/05/10
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A good RIYL would still be fun. and Steel Train for those who might not be interested in checking this out just because they didn't like the first album.

I wasn't the biggest fan of their first album, but I can't stop listening to this album. It's an incredible record. The Thoughts That Give Me the Creeps is still my favorite track of this album.
Fine, I edited it
12:51 AM on 11/05/10
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really really impressed by this album, and as i was reading your review, the part where you wrote out the lyrics for Finding Something To Do, i was at that exact point in the song lol

good review you hit it right on
12:55 AM on 11/05/10
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I'm glad they changed things up but I'm not a fan of this new genre at all. The (light) pop-punk influence and electronics were most of the reason I listened to the old stuff.
12:57 AM on 11/05/10
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i absolutely loathe this band but my God...i fucking love this CD! so crazy how that works....
12:58 AM on 11/05/10
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really really impressed by this album, and as i was reading your review, the part where you wrote out the lyrics for Finding Something To Do, i was at that exact point in the song lol

good review you hit it right on
Plus there is a Darelle Revis ad on the bottom of the website. Good day.
01:00 AM on 11/05/10
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I want this so fucking bad. Great review, as always.
01:00 AM on 11/05/10
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i love this album. such a great new sound pulled out very well.
01:04 AM on 11/05/10
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Really love this album. One of my favorites of the year.
01:05 AM on 11/05/10
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Plus there is a Darelle Revis ad on the bottom of the website. Good day.
ahh i have adblock on haha
take a screenshot of it i want to see!
01:11 AM on 11/05/10
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ahh i have adblock on haha
take a screenshot of it i want to see!
I keep refreshing and it's coming up with Good Charlotte or Sprite. Next time I see it I'll try to remember haha.
01:16 AM on 11/05/10
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I keep refreshing and it's coming up with Good Charlotte or Sprite. Next time I see it I'll try to remember haha.
haha alright, what was it for?
i'm still pissed about last week's game! we better run all over the Lions Sunday

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