|Album Rating: B|
This introduction is especially appropriate for describing The Space We Create, as it's an album whose quality is absolutely present but unfortunately hidden behind quite a few pop rock clichés, almost like the ones used to describe the album. What's most frustrating about the release is the meat of almost every song is hidden behind a cookie-cutter introduction. It's not that the intro sections are bad, but it just feels like they're something we've all heard before. The simple guitar plucking at the beginning of "The Only One" almost ruins the song thanks to how formulaic it is, which is really unfortunate because every other verse and chorus in the song is exactly what anyone could want from a well-done pop rock tune. Similar things happen on "Someone Like You," "Burn," and especially the titular album closer, noteworthy because of a somewhat boring introduction which leads into one of the best anthemic choruses to come out in quite a while. The fact that such quality sections are almost always nestled snugly behind unimpressive ones is unfortunately damaging to the album as a whole.
That's not to say the album is bad - it's a very solid pop-rock album, and there are definitely songs which break away from the unfortunate cycle described above. "She Was...Disarming" is one of the standout tracks because it's got a catchy middle and end which are actually backed up by a good introduction. "Angel" is similar: though it's not a totally new idea, the song feels fresh and fun with its sing-along choruses and super-catchy setup. It's just a little bit frustrating to see those arduous 12-hour days and the difficult year-and-a-half writing and recording process come off as formulaic like they did in the album's press release, formulaic like the mundane "whoa-oh" sections of "Crash" and the intro sections of most of the songs on the album as a whole. The Space We Create is a good album, make no mistake - it's just a shame to see the best parts hidden away behind clichés like the ones used to describe the album in the first place.
1. Without Forgiveness We're Savages
3. Away For A While
6. Better Than Screaming
8. Someone Like You
9. The Only One
10. The Thing Is, I'm Never As Good As When You're There
11. She Was...Disarming
12. The Space We Create