yep, thats pretty much spot on. no stylistic change from their last album, but the vocals are a little better and the songs a little tighter, the guitars slightly more complex, etc. a little bit of growth. they're no NFG or Cartel or YC even, but they're solid enough. my only complaint is that some of the songs, like the single, have some unnecessary overproduction (strings/orchestration) that obviously can't be re-produced live...its like 'hey this is our single, lets add strings to the breakdown'...just kinda pointless. my only other complaint is that the verses to almost every song are interchangeable. the drummer (whom is probably the most talented guy in the band) does that tom roll breakdown thing while the guitar does some palm-muted typical pop punk progressions and the singer has the same vocal pattern. the songs all kind of blend together in other words, other than the token ballad (track 7) that reeks of overproduction and the AAretards. i may sound like i'm bashing the album, but I do enjoy it overall, "summer", "you're only young once", "runaway" "dear___" and "follow your dreams" are all nice pop punk songs and if it was 2002 i'd probably be shitting my pants over this album. 6.5/10, solid album, worth owning if you're a YC or Cartel fan.
I was definately not flattered with their last album or anything they've put out for that matter, yet these guys keep showing up everywhere. I guess I'll pick this up... Its going to be tough for me to accept these guys however. Unless they've done something drastically different, like you somewhat mention, I might be impressed. Honestly, if this album was an 8 or higher, I might consider bending over backwards to run out and get this.
i agree that it's a great cd....but it doesn't beat possiblity and the promise....poetically pathetic, postcards, and always you (good times) i feel hold down their full-length debut as a straight-through listen (except for that slow song towards the end of the album) and an overall better album....but thats just me
Obviously I'm no pop-rock purist, but to me the drumming in songs like Summer and Runaway is overkill and I think Dango needs to slow it down a little to match the tempo of the song like he does in Fall Back Into My Life and You're Only Young Once. It's the same problem as All Time Low's This Is How We Do. He may be a skilled drummer, but perhaps he would be better in a pure punk band or a hardcore outfit.