I don't know why I even read Joe's reviews; everything with "summer" in the band name gets an automatic 90%
I'll listen to this album (I liked a few songs from their last one) but I doubt I'll be into this album as a whole. Have you guys heard The Way I Fell In by the morning of? Now that's a deserved 90% pop album. Even the new Lydia might be in the 80% range.
I'm listening to the new Paramore right now, and by goodness it is terrible. AP gave it an 80% when it's a 34% at the most. I'm expecting this to be all right, but I'm doubting I'm going to award 9 out of 10 to an album that, even from Joe's review, seems insipid and unfocused.
Oh, but hey Joe! Enjoy your 21st man! I just had mine. Exp tip: take advantage of all the free drinks first, and then wind down with the fruity stuff. You'll kick yourself later if you don't
OK, I listened. Kind of a colossal step back. I don't hate "Fuck u over" (chord progression is catchy) or "way we were," and I bet my girlfriend would be into "boomerang." But everything else is kind of, y'know, not for me. "Rescue" sounds like they're trying to cash in a little too much on the rolling success of "Some Nights," (the song) and the rest of the tracks themselves just lack heart. C'mon, lead singer Brian Dales, two James Dean references? We get what you're going for, man. In terms of instrumentation, the aforementioned lack of real instruments wouldn't be a problem for me if it didn't have that over-over-overproduced dancey radio dance vibe that everybody thinks they need to have now to chart a single. Pop can be creative and happy, or upbeat and meaningful, without resorting to a record with eight vapid 4/4 fresh-from-protools DJ-ready club jams about hooking up and drinking and 4 cringeworthily pompous 5-minute ballads about how much a dude really likes a girl or how f*cking alone he feels watching Netflix while life is passing him by. Like I said, not for me. I might download three or four songs, but the album as a whole is somewhere in the low 50s for me. And that's taking into account the exceedingly generous Absolutepunk review scale. I understand that "Love the Love You Have" and "Everything's Fine" didn't make The Summer Set rich and famous, but deep down they should know that none of these new songs are going to become mainstream hits in this day and age without scoring a Glee cover or something. The stars have to align, guys. It's not worth dumbing down your tunes to reach the even dumber masses when in reality, the quality of your music no longer has any bearing on your success. You could be Imagine Dragons or Mumford and Sons or fun. and not have to sacrifice anything to get big. Don't put out your "Dirty Work" when you're just going to end up going back to your old sound and settling for less anyway.
This goes for every artist ever: BE YOU. If you're a hit, you're a hit. There are exceptions, but by and large the music itself won't help you break through anymore. Either make the music you want to make, or hit record and roll the dice.