The last I heard of this group was in 2014 when their song ‘Best Day of my Life’ was all over the radio. I didn’t really like that song so even though that is the only song I have heard of them my expectations for this album are low.
- Stay Around- This song is about someone wanting their partner to stay even though they themselves are toxic to the relationship. I think that the groove is nice. The production is a bit funky at times sounding a bit tinny. It’s not revolutionary, but it’s fun. The lyrics are basic but catchy so yeah it’s fine.
- Say Amen- Billy Raffoul is on this song and he sounds incredible aside from that terrible vocal filter. Zac sounds great as well but has the same problem. The instrumentals are great. It’s the vocal effects that ruin it.
- Calm Me Down- This song is really repetitive. The same instrumentals repeat throughout so it gets old pretty quickly. The chorus is easy to latch on to so there’s that. The vocal effects throughout get annoying. It’s not a bad song though there are some things that would improve it.
- I Wanna Go Out- As soon as this started I thought that it sounded familiar. Turns out I have already heard this as it came out in 2017 and has been on the radio. It’s a fun song the chorus is really catchy. It’s more of a dance song than it is rock. It isn’t a song that I would put on my personal playlist just due to my tastes, but it is a good song.
- Neighborhood- This song features Bear Rinehart from NEEDTOBREATHE. It’s a chill song about leaving and coming back home. The vocals are great. The lyrics are repetitive at parts, but it gets the point across. The instrumentals are fine. There isn’t much to say about them. It’s a decent song overall.
- Can’t Stop Me Now- This song is full of samples from Queen songs. The chorus is shouted which is something that I have never liked. There’s a difference between yelling, shouting, and screaming. Shouting is the worst. The song is about the ego of the subject. It’s an annoying song overall and I don’t want to ever hear it again.
- Deep Water- This is probably one of the better songs so far. It is a bit cliche using the metaphor of drowning and getting rescued by someone. The vocals are good and the backup vocals add to the atmosphere of the song. The instrumentals are powerful when needed and relaxed to show a swell in emotion. Yeah, it’s good.
- Bring It On Home- The instrumentals are eerily similar to ‘Best Day of My Life.’ The chorus, while catchy, is grating on the ear. There is a background sound of glass breaking that is random and pierces the ear. Not great.
- Before I Go- The vocals on the chorus are strained. His voice isn’t as good as it has been. It’s a quieter song with a choir to add to the sentiment. The instrumentals have in the verses the same guitar chord over and over in a consistent beat which gets really bad. It’s an okay song it isn’t special.
- A Real Place- This song incorporates more electronics with a spacey theme going on. It does sound a bit strange with the guitar and drums, but it isn’t terrible. This is a weird final song because it doesn’t give a big message and it isn’t really powerful instrumentally or vocally.
Overall, this isn’t a bad album. I think that there are some really good songs on here with mostly mediocre. My biggest thing with them is that they haven’t done anything to make them stand out and that is what I am looking for with my music. I am going to give this a B-.