My Favorite Highway – Anywhere But Here EP
Release Date: Late 2006
Record Label: Unsigned
Who loves to shake their ass? Oh admit it, we all do. Whether in the shower, on the dance floor, or at the most inopportune moments, ass shaking is pretty much a requirement for survival. My Favorite Highway knows that, and they are happy to oblige. Anywhere But Here is the newest release from the band (their second), and provides five more pop cuts with enough sugar to overload any diabetic.
My Favorite Highway has perfected the art of the pop song, and they have yet to release a full-length record. David Cook's breathy vocals don't display a ton of range, but he makes up for it with pleasant tone reminiscent of Cartel's Will Pugh. The opener, titled "Closer," is an upbeat power-pop track, which surprisingly doesn't live and die by the synthesizer. Instead, the synth accents an already strong piece of music, sucking the listener in for a closer (pardon the pun) examination. "Bad Habits" rolls along at a similar tempo, delivering a catchy chorus with some cleverly unexpected lyrics for a solid one-two punch to open the EP. Leaning heavily on the piano for "You're Making It Come Alive," we get to see My Favorite Highway spin a radio-ready ballad that you cannot easily forget.
The remaining two tracks take the band down a different road, which also shows that they have a little more work to do before they can take the music industry by storm. "Unaware" and "Calendar Marks" are both solid songs (the former more memorable lyrically than the latter), but they stick together a bit too much. Both could benefit from some pizzazz in the form of richer instrumental work. Despite a few hiccups, Anywhere But Here is a very solid EP that comes highly recommended.
Overall, My Favorite Highway has made quite the splash with their second EP, and I hope some enterprising label makes them an offer they cannot refuse. This band has already won over most of Virginia with their music, and the rest of the nation isn't far behind. With some more fan support behind them and natural musical progression sure to follow, the sky is the limit for My Favorite Highway. Get addicted before MFH becomes a household name.