Album Review: Monsters in the Closet by Mayday Parade

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Monsters in the Closet by Mayday Parade

Record Label: Fearless Records

Genre: Pop Rock

Release Date: October 8, 2013

Songs: 12
good good

Mayday Parade are an American rock band from Tallahassee, Florida. They came out with their first EP back in 2006 without the help of a label which sold around 20, 000 copies. Since then, they have released four albums and two EPs. Band members are: Brooks Betts (rhythm guitar), Jake Bundrick (drums, percussion, co-lead vocals), Alex Garcia (lead guitar), Jeremy Lenzo (bass guitar, vocals), and Derek Sanders (lead vocals, keyboards, acoustic guitar).

opinionMayday parade are one of my favourite bands. And if you’ve ever listened to one of their songs, it’s obvious why. They have the ability to lull me to sleep with soft melodies and sad lyrics. Mayday Parade is the go-to band for anyone who’s having a shitty day and need to listen to some sad music. That’s how good they are. Which is why this album comes to such a shock to me and probably to most people. Where the hell are all of the sad, slow and depressing songs that this band is known for? Because to mu knowledge, there’s only one.

It might seem like I pick on bands because they decide to dribble in the mainstream crap, but I really don’t. I only pick on bands that use mainstream stuff too much and with Mayday Parade, the mainstream thing that they oh so love is using “oh, oh, oh” and “la la la” in every song. It also doesn’t help that on top of this, songs Girls, Nothing You Can Live Without, Nothing You Can Do About and Sorry Not Sorry sound overly crowded and too fast for the vocals. Speaking of vocals, on this album they aren’t as prominent as they are on their self-titles album. There are far less high notes and both vocalists sound a bit out of tune with each other.

The one and only slow song that sounds like Mayday Parade is Angel which is actually a beautiful song that has lovely lyrics. Each song starts off with a killer intro especially Last Night For a Table of Two which starts off with a sassy guitar solo that pulls listeners in, Even Robots Need Blankets with a lone piano and vocals, and Hold Onto Me with a duet that starts off sweetly. Songs are easy to distinguish and lyrics are magnificent as always, Monsters in the Closet might be different from their older stuff but it still has the same lyrical tone to it as the other albums and Ghosts, The Torment of Existence Weighed Against the Horror of Non-Being, Even Robots Need Blankets, and Angels prove this.

Of course, with time we outgrow things but I wouldn’t have thought Mayday Parade would outgrow depressing and slow songs. That’s their thing so they shouldn’t ditch it. Nonetheless, this isn’t a complete flop, it’s actually good and I recommend this to listeners that are new to this genre because there’s some pop songs mixed in that will appeal to that audience as well as some emo-rock that will satisfy older fans as well. Maybe with time I’ll learn to love this album and by time, I mean by Oct. 25 because I’ll be going to their concert.

3.5 Treble Clefs
3.5 Treble Clefs

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

1. Ghosts-4:49

2. Girls-3:29

3. Last Night for a Table of Two-3:45

4. 12 Through 15-4:59

5. The Torment of Existence Weighed Against the Horror of Non-Being-4:11

6. Even Robots Need Blankets-3:30

7. Repent and Repeat-3:00

8. Demons-3:37

9. Sorry, Not Sorry-3:31

10. Nothing You Can Live Without, Nothing You Can Do About-4:01

11. Hold Onto Me-3:22

12. Angels-4:21

Book Review: Intertwined (Intertwined#1) by Gena Showalter

6344423Intertwined (Intertwined#1) by Gena Showalter

Publisher: Harlequin

Genre: Fantasy and young adult

Release Date: September 1, 2009

Pages: 440 (Ebook)

Intertwined (Intertwined #1)

Most sixteen-year-olds have friends. Aden Stone has four human souls living inside him:

One can time travel.
One can raise the dead.
One can possess another human.
One can tell the future.

Everyone thinks he’s crazy, which is why he’s spent his entire life shuffled between mental institutions and juvie. All of that is about to change, however. For months Aden has been having visions of a beautiful girl—a girl who carries centuries-old secrets. A girl who will either save him or destroy him.

Together they’ll enter a dark world of intrigue and danger… but not everyone will come out alive.

(My Opinion)

Although the beginning is all over the place, the characters are stiff, and there isn’t anything intense about it, as I kept reading, I started to really enjoy it, I love the relationship between Aden and the souls, the way everyone reluctantly gets along. And it’s really funny.  The story is told in third person with alternating perspectives between Aden and Anne-Marie and their lives surrounding each other.

At the beginning of the story, everything is everywhere. Nothing seems to be organized and the characters are very stiffed with forced connections. With this being said, it’s obvious that some of the characters are very boring, not only in the beginning of the story, but throughout the book as well. I found Victoria and her life extremely boring and uncreative. Everything about her is very…mediocre in the sense of vampires and how the react to humans in YA books nowadays. I also don’t like the relationships at first. The way Anne-Marie and Riley react to each other is odd, their relationship moves too slow for me to really connect to them (at first) and the relationship between Aden and Victoria moves far too fast, going from dreaming about each other to falling in love. Also known as ‘Insta-love’.

The second half of the book is a lot better than the first, I have to say.  Most of the problems with the disorganized things sort themselves out and the relationship between Anne-Marie and Riley finally speeds up. During this half, it was hard for me to not fall in love with Riley and his snappy ways. Although there are many problems with the book, the writing really drew me in and kept me interested even though it is told in third person. Aden’s abilities to help others cross-over and leave Earth is so touching, it brings out a more exciting and sensitive side of Aden and helped me like him even more as a character. Especially the situation between John and Chloe and how sad they are to be apart *cries* so touching. Riley is my favourite character though. He’s such a bad-ass with his intense stares and feels the need to punch anyone who hurts his friends. Plus, he takes off his clothes to turn into a werewolf *swoons* (call me shallow, but I just couldn’t help but enjoy reading about him.)

Intertwined does take some patience. If you’re one of those readers who are looking for well-organized books with strong characters who take charge of everything within a few chapters, you won’t find it here. BUT If you are patient, I’m sure you will love their wacky, out of control personalities and enjoy this book as much as I do. I recommend this for anyone who likes demon-killers and everything in that genre (including Necromancers) with a bit of vampire and werewolves dashed in, here and there.

Four Dreamy Clouds
Four Dreamy Clouds

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