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Vocals 7
Musicianship 7
Lyrics 7
Production 7
Creativity 7
Lasting Value 7
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Rookie Of The Year - Along for the Ride EP

Reviewed by: Ryan Gardner (11/29/11)
Rookie Of The YearAlong for the Ride EP
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Release Date: November 29, 2011


Whereas Rookie Of The Year's last release, The Most Beautiful, was an ambient, piano-infused record true to its title, the follow-up, Along for the Ride, combines the sound of all of Rookie’s previous releases, mixing the raw feel of Sweet Attention with the intricate nature of The Most Beautiful and The Goodnight Moon. As a result, this EP proves to be the perfect combination of everything fans have loved about each of Dunson’s releases.

The opening “Chase” features the most grated vocal delivery of any Rookie track in recent memory, harkening the feel of Dunson’s older material. The atmosphere changes swiftly, however, as the soft “Dallas” is carried only by soft acoustic guitar plucks as Dunson delivers what may be his most intimate vocal performance on the EP. The intricate “Silent Words” provides a calming instrumental pathway into the absolutely chilling “Forever Yours,” as a unsettling piano dances with the haunting singing of “I’ll stay yours forever / Don’t you worry / Don’t be afraid.”

“Tonight” is classic Rookie – just an acoustic guitar and Dunson’s charming vocals – whereas the final “Diamond Lights” is everything you’d expect from a Rookie closer – a memorizing piano melody carried by Dunson’s hypnotic vocal performance. All in all, Along for the Ride contains every element we’ve seen thus far throughout Rookie of the Year’s journey, combining the best assets of each release into one stunning EP.

7/10

Recommended If You LikeThe Most Beautiful; One Republic; Secondhand Serenade; ambient piano-pop

Additional InformationTrack Listing:
1. Chase
2. Light Years Away
3. Dallas
4. Silent Words (Instrumental)
5. Forever Yours
6. Tonight
7. Diamond Lights

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09:33 PM on 11/29/11
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Very excited for this release, just wish it'd show up on iTunes! But totally worth the wait since they added 3 extra songs!
11:06 PM on 11/29/11
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way excited to get my hands on this
11:28 PM on 11/29/11
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Always love some new Rookie of the Year..I've been playing Wake Me Up since Thanksgiving to get ready for Christmas haha
12:26 AM on 11/30/11
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so good!! Tonight is easily the most passionate rookie song since the goodnight moon.
12:21 PM on 11/30/11
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how come these records get a 7, when rhianna and katy perry are getting 8s and 9s?
12:34 PM on 11/30/11
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i'm loving this ep. very well done. can't wait to see rookie on saturday.
02:20 PM on 11/30/11
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Anyone else catch the "lost" clip on the accoustic version of runaway. Thought that was pretty sweet.
03:42 PM on 11/30/11
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Don't know if anyone else caught The Goodnight Moon lyric throwbacks in Diamond Lights, but I thought that was a very nice addition to the song.
04:54 PM on 11/30/11
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mixed them up with story of the year and expected a very different review haha
10:56 PM on 02/09/12
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Love it!! So good to hear a new ROTY song like old times :) Hell yeah. Ive in fact enrolled in piano classes to study their songs..
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