Monday, November 16, 2009

Album Roundup - 9/22/09 - 11/16/09

Okay. I am officially back in action. Due to my long hiatus, I have missed reviewing many albums. This post will be a brief overview of several of the ones I don't feel like doing a long review with.

Paramore - brand new eyes:
This is the album that destroyed my blog. It was mostly my fault though. I finished a really nice review, but it got deleted. I had no feelings of redoing it at all. However, the album is great. It is totally different than Riot!, but in a much more mature way. There aren't as many sure cut radio hits and there are more slow songs. Ignorance, Careful, and Bring By Boring Brick are for the Riot! fans, and the acoustic The Only Exception and the absolutely beautiful epic ballad All I Wanted are two songs that anyone should love.

Mayday Parade - Anywhere But Here:
What a disappointment. A Lesson In Romantics was an absolutely brilliant album. However, the loss of their songwriter and second singer Jason Lancaster, now singer of Go Radio, affected the entire band's style. Derek's voice just does not belong with these songs. There's a few good songs, however there are no amazing ones. The Silence, If You Can't Live Without Me, Why Aren't You Dead Yet, and The End are the three I will suggest to listen to. The bonus track, The Memory, is one of the best and if you can get that song I would.

Relient K - Forget And Not Slow Down:
A pretty good album. I've never been a huge Relient K fan, mostly only liking the radio hits. However, I like it. It's a bit more alternative than I usually listen to, so my opinion isn't strong on this album. Songs I suggest are Forget And Not Slow Down, If You Believe Me, and the sister songs This Is The End and (If You Want It)

A Rocket To The Moon - On Your Side:
Absolutely DREADFUL. Honestly, I don't even listen to it. It's totally different than their EP, which was great. This album is more acoustic alternative and less pop/rock. It's boring, the songs sound the same, and I really don't even see one song that I like. Annabelle is decent, Mr. Right isn't horrible, and On Your Side is okay. The new Dakota is nothing compared to the original and everything else is lousy.

The Summer Set - Love Like This:
Absolutely BRILLIANT. And yes, the similarities in the first sentence between this and ARTTM album are on purpose. The albums both came out on the same day, both carried the same amount of hype, and both seemed very similar in the past. However, this album blows it out of the water. It exceeded even my expectations. It's easily one of my favorite albums of the year. Chelsea, The Boys You Do, Love Like This, Girls Freak Me Out, This Is How We Live, and Punch Drunk Love are all excellent sons worth taking a listen to.

Cartel - Cycles:
I hadn't listened to Cartel in years. I liked Honestly when it was on the radio, but I was never a huge Cartel fan. However, I decided to take a listen. I actually really like this album. It's a real good pop-punk album. Let's Go, the first single, is just decent, however The Perfect Mistake, Faster Ride, It Still Remains, and the acoustic Only You are my favorites.

Every Avenue - Picture Perfect.
I LOVE this album. I liked their last album, and this one beats it easily. This and The Summer Set are the two best albums during this two month time period. Tell Me I'm A Wreck was a perfect choice for the single and could easily be on the radio. I Forgive You and Mindset are two fun songs with powerful riffs. The Story Left Untold has probably the best transition in a song I have ever heard, seamlessly shifting from 4/4 to 3/4. I barely even noticed the change until I listened carefully. That's musical brilliance right there. Other great songs are Picture Perfect, Happy The Hard Way, and Clumsy Little Heart.

I've also listened to the new Dashboard album and Faber Drive album, but not enough to give an opinion. Also I've listened to several EPs, including the Rocket Summer, Forever The Sickest Kids, and The Years Gone By. Those are possibly going to be done later this week. Additionally, I've been to two concerts in the past month with another few coming up before the end of the year. Reviews of them might come as well. Plus several other misc. things. Keep checking in, telling people about the blog, and become a fan on Facebook!

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