Various Artists - Another Hopeless Summer
Release Date: June 21, 2011
Record Label: Hopeless Records
Another Hopeless Summer is the latest collection of exclusive tracks from the folks over at Hopeless Records, this time featuring 16, um, summer-y songs that basically comes to fans as a cheap mixtape. Being sold for only $1 at Warped Tour and only $3 digitally, the compilation features some songs you probably already have but also has a few nifty curveballs that make it worth the listen.
Even the high-rolling $3 digital price almost pays for itself just with The Dangerous Summer’s latest song, “Work In Progress.” Taken off the group’s upcoming full-length, War Paint, “Work In Progress” is a song we debuted right here on AP.net and it’s a great example of The Dangerous Summer’s darker side. The first two tracks on the compilation are acoustic numbers, All Time Low’s “I Feel Like Dancin’” and We Are The In Crowd’s “Lights Out.” The All Time Low single is actually better acoustic than it is in its original form, as Alex Gaskarth’s natural talent flows from his vocal chords.
Previously released tracks from The Wonder Years, Silverstein and Yellowcard headline the compilation, but Samiam’s “80 West” is an awesome little reminder of a highly anticipated Hopeless release later this year. The Wonder Years and Silverstein are both featured twice, as an acoustic version of “Woke Up Older” makes Another Hopeless Summer even more worth the three bucks. Dan “Soupy” Campbell’s vocals are as great to hear on this song as they are on the acoustic version of “Local Man Ruins Everything,” while it’s cool to hear Shane Told of Silverstein deliver a song without any of the screams we’re accustomed to from his band.
All in all, there isn’t much else to say about this compilation – it’s a good summary of what Hopeless Records has done so far this year with a few teasers of what to expect in the second half of 2011 and some cool exclusive content as well. Coming from one of the better record labels in the business, Another Hopeless Summer sufficiently provides a burst of entertainment to keep the attention of the label’s fans for a short time.
Bought this off iTunes as soon as I found out about it and if it really is only $1 at Warped, I'll pick up a CD copy there. This really does pay for itself with the few exclusives, plus if you think about it, TDS's new song is 1.29 on iTunes so that's almost half the price as buying this whole thing.