There seems to be a bit of a feeling that four years strong is being held back by their pop hardcore roots as they try to assemble something familiar yet chill for their fans. The result is an unmemorable album. Lacks the poppy ear worm appeal their earlier albums had.
Groundbreaking for it's time. Four Year strong brought a lighter side to the tough guy pop punk and elevated the sound A Day To Remember crafted to make barbershop quartet type harmonies work with bouncy catchy hardcore riffs and breakdowns. Caught the tail end of the myspace era wave. As time has progressed it feels a bit try-hard and cramming a lot of ideas into each song. Feels a little ADHD.
An interesting look into the bands original vision. I was not expecting to hear sounds comparable to Postal service, hello goodbye, David Bowie, or interpol. This darker sound they have def was brought back in later tracks like little darkage.
Surprisingly Catchy and danceable for something that could have easily treaded into the avant guard. More approachable than the shins, but equally as deep and moving. Has a bit of that x factor that keeps me coming back.
mind melting mashups. Put me on to so many tunes trying to learn where the original samples came from. A pure love of music and a testament to the wild west of copyright infringement coming out of the IPOD era of limewire downloads.