I Opened My Heart To Caustic Things By Maycomb

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Record Label: I Am Mighty Records

Genre: Pop Punk

Release Date: November 29, 2012

Songs: 11 I Opened My Heart to Caustic Things - Maycomb

Maycomb is a melody driven pop-punk band, hailing from the West Midlands. Armed with a diverse, intricate, harmony focused sound, they’ve spent the past few years touring the UK, building a widespread and loyal fan base. After sharing stages with the likes of Saves The Day, The Wonder Years, and The Starting Line, the band are gearing up to release their long-awaited debut album,

“I Opened My Heart To Caustic Things”, on I Am Mighty Records at the tail end of 2012.

Album Sampler

(My Opinion)

First of all, I would like to thank the record label, I Am Mighty Records for giving me a copy of this album to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciated! All right, now for my review.

Maycomb is one of those bands that are up against the fence for me. I don’t dislike them. Yet, I don’t exactly like them either. I do like some of the songs and the Drummer does a good job keeping the songs interesting but I’m not a fan of the singing. It could have been done better and clearer. These guys obviously have a long way to go, but they have the potential to go far.

The singing doesn’t sound as good as it could, I think it can be brought out some more to sound clearer. Another thing I don’t like about this album is that even though I like the guitar and drum parts for the songs, they sound, for the most, part the same. Most of the songs have the same song structure and are hard to tell apart. I understand that love and relationships are very common topics for songs but I was expecting more meaning and different things to listen about.

One of the things I really like on albums are the solos. I Opened My Heart To Caustic Things has maybe a semi duet/solo thing going on in, Also Ran which I really enjoyed. I like that this album appeals to more than just the pop/punk group. Indie lovers will definitely like a few songs on here like, I Am A Constant Variable and Out Of Darkness Cometh Light. Maycomb really know how to choose their song titles! I love it! Start Missing Everybody is the sing that really caught my eye immediately because it sounds the most interesting. I Am Constantly A Variable, Sinking Song, Whatever Happens, Happens, and Out Of The Darkness Cometh Light are all titles that also caught my attention. Instead of going with simple titles, they went with titles that I guess have a secret meaning behind them that also lets the listeners use their imagination about what the song is about before listening to it. The lyrics for Old Gold and I am Constantly A Variable are some pretty awesome lyrics that I think a lot of people can relate to and that I feel the most attached to.

Overall, Maycomb’s first album is something that I would recommend for people looking for a new band that are a fan of The Wonder Years.There are flaws with this album but they have potential to become big. Currently, my favourite songs on this album are, Old Gold, I Am Constantly A Variable, Also Ran, and Start Missing Everybody. 

four

 

 

3 awesome treble clefs

Identical By Ellen Hopkins

2241059 Identical By Ellen Hopkins

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Genre: Poetry and Realistic Fiction

Release Date: August 26th 2008

Pages:565 (Hard cover)

Identical

 

Do twins begin in the womb?
Or in a better place?

 

Kaeleigh and Raeanne are identical down to the dimple. As daughters of a district-court judge father and a politician mother, they are an all-American family — on the surface. Behind the facade each sister has her own dark secret, and that’s where their differences begin.
For Kaeleigh, she’s the misplaced focus of Daddy’s love, intended for a mother whose presence on the campaign trail means absence at home. All that Raeanne sees is Daddy playing a game of favorites — and she is losing. If she has to lose, she will do it on her own terms, so she chooses drugs, alcohol, and sex.Secrets like the ones the twins are harboring are not meant to be kept — from each other or anyone else. Pretty soon it’s obvious that neither sister can handle it alone, and one sister must step up to save the other, but the question is — who?

 

  (My Opinion)

It’s pretty hard to get into a story that is poem based when all you’ve ever read are paragraph based. Ellen Hopkins does a great job telling a story about dealing with your inner demons while trying to find love in a cruel world. Even though it’s pretty hard to get into, the plot is good and the characters stand out. The writing style is a bit weird at first but the main characters are so interesting that it doesn’t bother me after a while.

The beginning is boring. I feel like Ellen Hopkins is trying to make the relationship between the sisters sound and seem very mysterious which it isn’t. Also, the fact that they are complete opposites seems to happen a lot in books. I wish they had more in common for the characters to stand out more than they did.

The shocking secret that comes out of nowhere is my favourite part of this book. It will take you by surprise and leave you shell-shocked. I also like the tense parts between Kaeleigh and her dad because it’s so controlled and perfect. It’s easy to know what will happen while still leaving the reads to let their imagination run wild. The ending to this is really good too since things look brighter and clearer, I’m not left with any unanswered questions. Even though the ending is kind of typical, I’m not disappointed because there is just so much happening in the book that the ending couldn’t ruin this for me. Recommended for everyone, especially if you enjoy realistic fiction with human-like demons.

four ah 4.5 Dreamy Clouds

 

Favourite Book Quotes Of The Week#10

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A list of my favourite book quotes from the week.

Black Heart By Holly Black

8884616 Favourite Quote: There’s nothing quite as funny as someone else’s misery.

Perks Of Being A Wallflower By Stephen Chbosky

22628 Favourite Quotes:

1. And I wonder if anyone is really happy. I hope they are. I really hope they are.

2. “Charlie, we accept the love we think we deserve.”

3. And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.

4. I think it was the first time in my life I ever felt like I looked good. Do you know what I mean? That nice feeling when you look in the mirror, and your hair’s right for the first time in your life? I don’t think we should base so much weight, muscles and a good hair day, but when it happens, it’s nice.

5. But things change. And friends leave. And life doesn’t stop for anybody.