Album Review: Intersections by Into It. Over It.

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Intersections by Into It. Over It. 

Record Label: Triple Crown Records

Genre: Indie/pop

Release Date: September 24, 2013

Songs: 12
good good

Into It. Over It is a one-man band from Chicago, Illinois that started out in 2007. Evan Thomas Weiss started out by writing and recording songs every week for one year that quickly got picked up by record labels and then became something more. Since then, Weiss has released three split EPS and five albums-52 Weeks, Twelve Towns,Iioi/Kioji, Proper, and Intersections.

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When I first listened to Into It. Over It., he was pretty new and had quite a different sound. Now, with many years and a load of experience, his sound is a lot lighter and softer without all that anger. Intersections has given me new-found respect for him and his music. It’s inspirational, complex yet simple and all the more beautiful.

While looking for certain things in an album, one of them are the vocals. With a few songs on this album, especially Your Antique Organ, the use of overlapping vocals sound okay but they also sound a bit too strong for the song and left me overwhelmed. Also, I wished that there was a better range of notes played out with the vocals.

I love all of the drumming in this, it’s unbelievably smooth and steady that I didn’t think a band so rough could accomplish. The build-ups are executed perfectly in A Pair of Taxi Rides and Spatial Exploration. I know that I say this a lot, and it’s pretty hard to do wrong, but once again I have to bring up the great guitar riffs (like I do in every album review) that are in Upstate Blues, A Curse Worth Believing, and The Shaking of Leaves.

In conclusion, I really like this album and if I didn’t live in Canada I would be impatiently waiting for Into It. Over It. to be in my city killing every song and making my night, But, I do so I can’t do that but maybe you can and this is an album that I don’t think anyone can dislike since he has talent and a certain voice that are almost impossible to dislike. I recommend this to everyone, even if this isn’t your type of music, at least give Your Antique Organ, Upstate Blues, No Amount of Sound, or Spinning Thread.

4 awesome Treble Clefs
4 awesome Treble Clefs

Songs On The Album (Click on the title to listen to the song!)

1. New North side-3:14

2. Spinning Thread-3:18

3. A Curse Worth Believing-4:44

4. Spatial Exploration-3:17

5. Favor & Fiction-2:33

6. The Shaking of Leaves-3:30

7. Upstate Blues-4:30

8. No Amount of Sound-3:39

9. A Pair of Matching Taxi Rides-4:01

10. Obsessive Compulsive Distraction-3:35

11. Your Antique Organ-2:54

12. Contractual Obligation-6:52

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Album Review: You’re Always on My Mind by A Great Big Pile of Leaves

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You’re Always on My Mind by A Great Big Pile of Leaves

Record Label: Topshelf Records

Genre: Indie Rock

Release Date: July 2, 2013

Songs: 11

good good

A Great Big Pile of Leaves is an indie-rock band from Brooklyn, New York that formed in 2007. Since then, the band has released four EPS-Living from the Living Room, The Fiery Works, Boom, and Making Moves as well as two albums-Have You Seen My Prefrontal Cortex? and You’re always On my Mind. Band members are: Pete Weiland (Vocals, guitar), Tyler Soucy (Drums), Tucker Yaro (Bass), and Matt Fazzi (Guitar).

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With summer already over, I think this may be the album to remind people of it. This band isn’t one that I would normally listen to but after listening to this album I’m shocked that I’ve never heard of them sooner because their music is so light. Possibly lighter and warmer than a song by an unknown artist has ever made me feel which is why they deserve every good thing that goes their way.

Something that I couldn’t overlook are the lyrics because of how forgettable they are. In every song, I had a hard time believing or even caring what the singer’s singing about because it’s so uninteresting and boring.

A Great Big Pile of Leaves does a nice job by keeping a steady mood going throughout all of their songs. I’m so used to songs that speed up or slow down that when I listen to ones that keep the same pace and momentum all the way through, I just have to appreciate in Snack Attack and Back to School. The most memorable thing about You’re Always on my Mind has to be the guitar solo in Back to School because it really caught my attention as well as my heart. Another thing that I loved about this album are the use of overlapping vocals since they are really nicely done in most of the songs.

You’re Always on My Mind is an album full of super light, breezy, and just all around fun songs that make it a great summer album. And even though fall/autumn is upon us, it’s never too late to have one last summer night to remember. I recommend this to anyone who’s starting to miss summer. My favourite songs on this album are: Back to School, Egocentrism, and Fun in the Sun.

4 awesome Treble Clefs
4 awesome Treble Clefs

Songs On The Album (Click on the title to listen to the song!)

1. Snack Attack-3:20

2. Flying Fish-3:34

3. Pet Mouse-2:38

4. Slumber Party-2:58

5. Back to School-3:34

6. Egocentrism-1:57

7. Ambiversion-3:35

8. Fun in the Sun-3:07

9. Locus of Control-4:38

10. Pizzanomics-3:20

11. Learning Curves-3:16

Album review: Whenever, If Ever by The World is a Beautiful Place and I am No Longer Afraid To Die

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Whenever, If Ever by The World is a Beautiful Place and I am No Longer Afraid To Die

Record Label: Topshelf Records

Genre: Post-rock

Release Date: June 18, 2013

Songs: 10
good good

The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die are an atmospheric emo / indie rock band formed in Fall 2009 in Willimantic, CT. The band has released three EPS: Formlessness, Josh Is Dead, and Are Here To Help You. And Two albums: Demos and Whenever, If Ever. Band members are-David Bello (Vocals), Josh Cyr (Bass), Derrick Shanholtzer-Dvorak (Guitar, Vocals), Greg Horbal (Guitar, Vocals), Steven Buttery (Drums), Chris Teti (Guitar, Trumpet), Katie Shanholtzer-Dvorak (Keyboards, vocals), and Julia Peters (Cello).

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It’s not easy to describe every band that I listen to. Sure, some bands are far easier than others but still, the effort and indecisiveness are still there for them. However, with The World is a Beautiful Place, it’s just like that, I love some of their songs but then I don’t understand others, I can’t wait to see them live but I don’t think I’ll be able to get into their music as much as my friends do. It’s confusing but what isn’t confusing is how great this album is.

There’s always going to be something that I dislike about an album, always. Maybe not at first but always soon after and with Whenever, If Ever, that something are the vocals but mostly the back-up vocals. They sound extremely off-key and sloppily done compared to the lead vocalist and hearing them both together just shows that.

What I did like about this album is how some songs start and other songs finish on the same note as well as the fact that all the songs have a great build-up, especially in Getting Sodas. The emotion and tone that this album gives off as a whole is great and gives off that actual ‘gig life’ feeling that every teenager wants to experience at least once.

The World is a Beautiful Place handed me a slow album that I was expecting yet I appreciate it either way because it sounds great. The drumming and bass pieces and executed lovely with just the right amount of strength and build-up that makes each song better. I recommend this album to anyone who enjoys the post-rock genre and don’t mind a few slow songs that have tremendous build-ups. My favourite songs are-Gig Life, Getting Sodas, You Will Never Go to Space, and Ultimate Steve.

4 awesome Treble Clefs
4 awesome Treble Clefs

Songs On The Album (Click on the title to listen to the song!)

1. Blank #9-2:13

2. Heartbeat In the Brain-5:42

3. Fightboat-2:05

4. Picture of a Tree That Doesn’t Look Okay-4:02

5. You Will Never Go To Space-2:25

6. Layers of Skin We Drag Around-1:34

7. Ultimate Steve-4:04

8. Gig Life-3:00

9. Low Light Assembly-3:20

10. Getting Sodas-7:01

Album Review: Youth by Citizen

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Youth by Citizen

Record Label: Run For Cover Records

Genre: Pop/Punk

Release Date: June 11, 2013

Songs: 10
good good

Citizen are a pop/punk band from Michigan that formed a few years ago. Since then, the band has released at least three EPs-Split, Young States, and Vanity as well as one album: Youth.  Band members are: Mat Kerekes (Vocals), Nick Hamm (Guitar), Ryland Oehlers (Guitar), Eric Hamm (Bass), and Cray Wilson (Drums).

What can I say about Citizen that hasn’t already been said? Nothing. So I’m just going to say all the things that have already been said about these band. They’re great and have a lot of potential. In fact, I’m shocked this is their debut album. A band with this much experience and talent usually have about two or three albums already out. Although the band has been coming out with a ton of EPs Youth is a bit different in the aspect of a more summer-like sound.

Citizen has created an amazing album, they really have. And like I said before, it’s a little different but not enough to allow me to love it as much as I want to. There’s growth for sure but there isn’t enough growth from a band that has been releasing as many EPs as they have.

Many of the songs have great guitar riffs especially in How Does It Feel? Where there’s the constant clashing of symbols and the guitar build up that brings back the vocals. Another thing I love about this album is the overlapping vocals. I’m very picky about this, most songs don’t pull it off well and I tend to get confused and uncertain of which vocals I should listen to but in The Summer, Sick and Impatient, and The Night I Drove Alone Mat Kerekes proves his strengths by weaving his voice together and in such a way that if the overlapping vocals weren’t part of the song it would insult it. Cray Wilson does an impressive job on drums by adding such intensity that helps ad build up to every song and brings out a softer sound when it’s necessary. Okay, now for bass and the noticeable parts it has throughout every song. I love duets especially between guitars and basses and Youth doesn’t fail to provide that for me.

Overall, Youth is just that. It’s a youthful album that has great pacing and special, meaningful lyrics behind every song that is a great beginning and ending for summer. My favourite songs off of Youth are: Roam the Room, The Summer, Sleep, Sick and Impatient and Your Head Got Misplaced.  I recommend anyone who is a fan of Bran New and/or looking for something new to listen to before the summer comes to a sad end.

4 awesome Treble Clefs
4 awesome Treble Clefs

Songs On The Album (Click on the title to listen to the song!)

1. Roam the Room-3:00

2. Figure You Out-2:37

3. The Summer-3:02

4. Sleep-3:11

5. How Does It Feel? 3:54

6. The Night I Drover Alone-2:15

7. Speaking With a Ghost-3:25

8. Your Head Got Misplaced-2:13

9. Sick and Impatient-3:43

10. Drawn Out-3:36

Album Review:Say Hello by Alexander

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Say Hello by Alexander

Record Label: I Am Mighty Records

Genre: pop/rock

Release Date: April 26, 2013

Songs: 8

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Hailing from Newcastle, Indie Rock 4 piece ‘Alexander’ are releasing their debut album ‘Say Hello’ in early 2013 on I Am Mighty Records. The band have been creating a buzz across the UK already. The first single ‘You Lost Youself’ taken from the record is out now, with a beautiful acoustic version of the song as a B-side. Taking influence from the likes of Jimmy Eat World, Futures and Two Door Cinema Club, ‘Alexander’ are bringing a punchy and appealing sound to the indie UK music scene.

First of all, I would like to thank the record label, I Am Mighty Records (More importantly, Dave) for giving me this album to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

(My Opinion)

There isn’t one word that can sum up a band like Alexander. For the past few hours, I’ve been thinking of a way to rate their album, Say Hello and decide what kind of audience this will appeal to. When I listened to this album for the first time, I was skeptical. I was expecting a band that didn’t exactly know what they wanted or where they were heading. But Alexander didn’t give me that, instead, they gave me the exact opposite. The album starts off with upbeat, catchy songs with, Say Hello and Maybe I Was Wrong then ends on a much softer note with, Old Fashioned Romance, leaving listeners in a daze of things that could have happened but didn’t. This is definitely an album to go buy!

One of my pet peeves for music is repetition. Of course, songs are supposed to repeat certain lines (the chorus of course). But I can’t stand it when songs are mostly just the same phrase repeated over and over again without a verse or something to break it up. Sadly, this is the case with, Find My Way Out, and Without A Parachute. For both songs, the title is just repeated over and over again. Also, the bass in most of the songs gets lost and is quite easy to forget about. I wish the band brought out the bass a little more to remind listeners that it is still there.

For as far as the good things about this album go, there’s a lot of personality in this. I can’t express just how much I love the guitar pieces in every one of these songs especially in, Find My Way Out. There is such a cool solo part in this one! Another thing I like about this album is how sweet it is. A Sweet Song has to be one of the sweetest songs I’ve ever heard. It has to be illegal not to fall in love with its lyrics about young love and life. The drummer knows his stuff! It’s interesting and different, drawing attention yet not overpowering the songs as a whole. I feel this way about all of the drumming parts especially in, Find My Way Out and You Lost Yourself. 

Say Hello by Alexander is not what I was expecting. But I’m glad that they surprised me with their sound. Their music doesn’t appeal to one set of listeners and not even one genre of music. I recommend this album to everyone who likes alternative rock and acoustic stuff mostly because these music lovers will enjoy it the most.   My favourite songs on Say Hello by Alexander are, A Sweet Song, Maybe I Was Wrong, Say Hello, and You Lost Yourself. Alexander has definitely showed the world what they’re about and only a sliver of what they’re capable of. Whatever they release next will hopefully be nothing less than amazing.

4 awesome Treble Clefs
4 awesome Treble Clefs

Sorry there isn’t links to all sings but there is an album teaser! Click Here.

Songs Of The Album

1. Say Hello

2. Maybe I Was Wong

3. You Lost Yourself

4. Find My Way Out

5. A Sweet Song

6. Vapour Trails

7. Without A Parachute

8. Old Fashioned Romance

Album Review: Close The Distance by Go Radio

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Record Label: Fearless Records

Genre: pop/punk

Release Date: September 18, 2012

Songs: 11

Go Radio is a rock band from Tallahassee, Florida, formed by former Mayday Parade vocalist, guitarist and lyricist Jason Lancaster in April 2007. Go Radio has released two EPs-Welcome to Life and Do Overs and Second Chances and two albums-Lucky Street and Close The Distance. Current band members are-Jason Lancaster (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Alex Reed (guitar, vocals), Matt “Burns” Poulos (bass guitar, backing vocals), Steven Kopacz (drums, percussion).

(My Opinion)

Go Radio is still on the top of their game. Maybe not as high as they were with their first album, Lucky Street. But it’s the second album that either makes or breaks a band. And with Go Radio, Close The Distance definitely makes this band. They are going to make it big, maybe even bigger than bands that have been playing with each other for decades.

What I don’t like about this album are the things that are the most ‘in’ nowadays with music. It’s been around forever yet, it seems, everyone wants a piece of that, “Oh oh oh,” bit now. And when I say everyone, I really do mean everyone. For some bands and artists, it works (sometimes) but with Go Radio and their songs, Lost and Found, Go To Hell, and, I Won’t Lie the change of tune is sort of sudden and too hard to wrap my head around. Although I like these songs, I just can’t stand this about them at all.

I love the transitioning between the verses’ and chorus’ in all of the songs because they flow so smoothly together whether they speed up or slow down. Everything just fits and goes well together. Many of the songs have easily relatable lyric like, Close The Distance, Go To Hell, Things I don’t See, as well as, The Ending. These songs talk about romance and the old days that everyone can stop and remember about their own lives. This is another thing I love about this band. They can seamlessly relate to people in such a heart-felt way. In the song, Things I Don’t See, there’s a really cool guitar solo that not many bands seem to have. I also like that the band added the right amount of voices/sounds to their songs, Collide, I won’t Lie and Lost and Found that it doesn’t drown out the songs. Instead it makes the songs better rather than took away from them.

Close The Distance isn’t a huge success for me. I feel like the band takes two steps forward and one step back because they grew and matured with their experience and lyrics (sort of), yet, decided to go with a much more poppy sound. I’m not saying that all of the songs should have been edgier and angry like, Fight Fight Fight or Any Other Heart. But, it would have made the album a lot better if they stuck with some punk/rock tunes as well as pop tunes to keep all their fans happy.

3.5 Treble Clefs
3.5 Treble Clefs

Songs On The Album

1. I Won’t Lie-3:40

2. Baltimore-3:56

3. Collide-3:35

4. Go To Hell -3:31

5. Lost and Found-3:25

6. Close The Distance-4:02

7. What If You Don’t-3:45

8.  Things I Don’t See-3:53

9. The Ending-3:44

10. Over Me-3:53

11. Hear Me Out-4:56

Album review: Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop by The Maine

images (1)Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop by The Maine

Record Label: Fearless Records

Genre: Pop/Punk

Release Date: July 8, 2008

Songs: 13
Can't Stop Won't Stop - The Maine

 

The Maine  is an American rock band from Tempe, Arizona. Formed in 2007. The band was founded by Pat Kirch (drummer) and Garrett Nickelsen (Bassist) when they were still in high school. Even though they’re from Arizona, the name Maine comes from a song by a very respected band called, Ivory. They got their name from their song, The Coast Of Maine (great song as well). The Maine have four EPs: stay Up, Get Down, …And A Happy New Year,  In Darkness And In Light and Good Love. And 3 albums out: Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop, Black And White, and Pioneer. Members of the band are: John O’Callaghan (vocals), Jared Monaco (lead guitarist), Kennedy Brock (back up guitarist), Garrett Nickelsen (bass), and Pat Kirch (drums).

(My Opinion)

No one will ever fully understand just how much I love The Maine. They showed me what good music is. I remember when they just started out with their white van (that their fans got to sign because they’re so lucky!) and some of them were fresh out of high school. John was the crazy one who danced a lot (still does). Jared’s the quiet one who wanted everyone to do things. Pat and Garrett were the childish ones who always going wild. And Kennedy was the one who was very…weird, I guess. But I love them all because they make up my favourite band (plus all the people who have helped them along the way!) And the first song I ever listened to by them is off of this album and I swear that one song,  Into Your Arms changed my life.

A lot of bands start off with a pop/punk sound before they move in other directions. The Maine seems to end their album with a techno tune called, The Way We Talk. This is a very repetitive song that I rarely ever listen to because of how annoying it is. Other songs like, Time To Go and You Left Me have a lot going on too. While the use of different sounds isn’t the problem, what is, is the way all of them collaborate with each other. Most of the tunes in, You Left Me play on top of each other rather than with each other. There are too many sounds to focus on just one with songs like these.

Every song on Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop are light, playful songs. Everything I Asked For,  Into Your Arms, Whoever She Is, Kiss and Sell, and I Must Be Dreaming are all songs that mostly focus on romances and first loves that left you wanting more. The album jumps back and forth, keeping it interesting with songs, We All Roll Along, We’ll All Be…, and Girls Do What They Want that are more about fooling around, looking back at good memories and never wanting to grow up. I love the use of different instruments in We’ll All Be…, it sounds like a huge party and never gets old. John hits the high notes beautifully throughout this album while Pat keeps a steady beat that doesn’t overpower the tone of most songs. I like how the guitarists get a cool solo in This Is The End. I also like that I can easily distinguish the bass from the rest of the band. It doesn’t just blend in out stand out too much in most songs.

Overall, I recommend this album to everyone. My favourite songs are, Whoever She Is, Into Your Arms, This Is The End, and We’ll All Be… Even though it’s not perfect, it is a great album about first loves and good times that will keep everyone who listens reliving those memories that were made in their high school days.

4 awesome Treble Clefs
4 Awesome Treble Clefs

 

Songs On The Album

1. Everything I Ask For-2:38

2. We All Roll Along-3:50

3. Girls Do What They Want-3:16

4. I Must Be Dreaming-3:04

5. Into Your Arms-4:11

6. Time To Go-2:55

7. This Is The End-2:54

8. Whoever She Is-3:41

9. Count ‘Em One, Two, Three-2:46

10. Kiss And Sell-3:05

11. You Left Me-3:38

12. We’ll All Be…-5:46

13. The Way We Talk-4:14