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Author's Rating
Vocals 7.75
Musicianship 7.75
Lyrics 7.75
Production 8.5
Creativity 7.25
Lasting Value 7
Reviewer Tilt 8
Final Verdict: 77%
Member Ratings
Vocals 6.5
Musicianship 6.28
Lyrics 5.97
Production 6.44
Creativity 6.31
Lasting Value 6.33
Reviewer Tilt 6.33
Average: 63%
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Broadway - Gentlemen's Brawl

Reviewed by: Jack Appleby (06/29/12)
Broadway - Gentlemen's Brawl
Record Label: Uprising Records.
Release Date: June 19, 2012

Nothing kills buzz like 1000 days away. After their debut full-length earned scores of fans, Broadway faced every band problem imaginable, delaying their sophomore album by a whopping three years. Fortunately for the guys, some trends don’t fade, making Gentleman’s Brawl a quality follow-up despite the delay.

While their last record easily fell into melodic post-hardcore, the catchiness from Kingdoms evolved into pop-punk sensibilities this time around. Everything is upbeat and energetic, taking the band’s strong suits and emphasizing them for a fun 40 minutes. Those old Emarosa and In Fear & Faith comparisons are still justified, but it doesn’t seem crazy to recommend Gentleman’s Brawl to All Time Low and All-American Rejects fans anymore.

Those guitars should draw you in immediately. The tone and production are perfect, giving a tasty crunch to highly accessible tunes. Tracks like “There’s No Crying In Baseball” will become sing-alongs from smart melodies and well-placed gang chants, but it’s the six-string that kills it for me. Even “Faster Faster,” the album’s best cut, owes as much to that great opening riff as the huge hook. With so many scensters relying on ridiculous programming and corny breakdowns, it’s refreshing to hear ___core built around strong guitar playing.

You can’t ignore Mischa Camacho though. The vocalist has made great strides since Kingdoms, greatly expanding his range and improving his songwriting tremendously. Those piercing highs are still around, but they’re accentuated by Camacho’s exploration of his low range. Listen how the verse in “Vagrant Stories” or the hook in “Better Things” provide a launchpad for the big notes, giving a build that escapes most bands. The playful and straightforward approach to lyrics also sets Misha’s work apart from the genre’s customarily dramatic messages – it may fall flat on “I Am Not A Rockstar,” but it makes “Party At Sean’s House” an endearing and fun opener.

You hate to define an album by its release date, but it’s a real shame Gentleman’s Brawl didn’t see 2010, or even 2011. Sleeping With Sirens, Hands Like Houses and all the other Jonny Craigliens should thank their lucky stars for the wait, because Broadway would be the one selling out shows. As tardy as the album may be, Gentleman’s Brawl will get regular plays, sell tons of shirts, and bring Broadway dead even with the current scene kings.

Recommended If You LikeSleeping With Sirens, Hands Like Houses, Pierce The Veil
 
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04:23 AM on 06/29/12
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GetUpAndrew
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I admit that, after a few listens, I fell in love with this record.
05:27 AM on 06/29/12
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yeah not a bad record. After waiting so long, it hit the spot.
06:47 AM on 06/29/12
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I wasn't sold right away on this record but after a couple of listens I love it. I agree with your statement though, if this came out a couple years earlier these guys would already be huge
07:05 AM on 06/29/12
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Love their debut, gonna listen now. Hoping that it's good...
09:06 AM on 06/29/12
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Honestly have to say I think the review is a bit too generous. Which surprises me to say, since I love this band immensely. I didn't agree with the part about the production especially. I did hear them say they wanted to improve the sound, though, so I"ll let that slide. Either way, I'm glad it's being received well here, because I know a lot of people were complaining about the change in sound from Kingdoms.
09:09 AM on 06/29/12
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Honestly have to say I think the review is a bit too generous. Which surprises me to say, since I love this band immensely. I didn't agree with the part about the production especially. I did hear them say they wanted to improve the sound, though, so I"ll let that slide. Either way, I'm glad it's being received well here, because I know a lot of people were complaining about the change in sound from Kingdoms.
Really? I think the 77% is right on, especially with Thomas giving HLH's Ground Dweller a 75%. And I actually tweeted the producer, I enjoyed the guitar tone so much.

But hey, to each their own!
09:47 AM on 06/29/12
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Album met my expectations, but I miss the dynamics from Kingdoms. The song structures seem a lot plainer, but I suppose that's to be expected given how many of the breakdowns and screaming has been eliminated.
10:33 AM on 06/29/12
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this honestly blends together for me too much. I loved Vagrant Stories when it came out and think it's an awesome song, but that's the best. I wish they would have kept some riffage and screaming. I guess I'll have to settle for Kingdoms
11:31 AM on 06/29/12
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I get it, people think this album is different from Kingdoms, sure it is. But is it for the worse? Both yes and no. On the track "Gentlemen’s Brawl" we can hear a tiny bit of Mishas scream, and it's fucking rocks. That makes me wanna hear more of that "post-hardcore" style on the album. But since I really enjoy the Pop-Punk-stylish music this album is great for me. I love it, but still can't help thinking what if they went a bit more hardcore on it. Maybe next time, if there be a next time.

I feel kinda band for the band, cause if this was their first album, it would get so much positive response from people.
11:31 AM on 06/29/12
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I will admit, I was rather skeptical when I heard "Vagrant Stories," but after a few spins, I fell hard for this record. It's upbeat, energetic, and keeps you singing along. It's great.
02:11 PM on 06/29/12
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I still can't get into this record. I loved Kingdoms, but this just isn't as dynamic or as well done as Kingdoms. Many of the pop aspects just don't sound good to me. Although I do love "Vagrant Stories" and "Lawyered"
02:13 PM on 06/29/12
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This is sooo good
05:38 PM on 06/29/12
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Really? I think the 77% is right on, especially with Thomas giving HLH's Ground Dweller a 75%. And I actually tweeted the producer, I enjoyed the guitar tone so much.

But hey, to each their own!

Perhaps I am mistaken, but didn't Thomas give Ground Dweller only like 50s range? I remember giving him crap about that. If you enjoy the guitar tones on here I recommend checking out Cameron Mizell's wiki page which has a huge list of his work of which myself and another APer upkeep. In particular, the tones on Dream On, Dreamer's Heartbound sound great.
06:09 PM on 06/29/12
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disagree that this is better than ground dweller. still think the record would have sounded better a year ago. not that it's bad, i just think the delay really hurt how i received it.
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