Album Review: Talon of the Hawk by The Front Bottoms

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Talon of the Hawk by The Front Bottoms

Record Label: Bar None records

Genre: Indie/Pop Punk

Release Date: May 21, 2013

Songs: 12
good good

The Front Bottoms are an American acoustic-indie-punk band originating from New Jersey that formed in 2006. The duo have since released two albums: The Front Bottoms and Talon of the Hawk. Band members are: Brian Sella (Vocals, Guitar) and Mathew Uychich (Drums, Bullhorn, Megaphone).

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With my musical taste expanding, I feel odd reviewing this album since it’s so…weird. And by weird I don’t mean the lyrics like in Mad World or the band’s sound like Panic! At The Disco but I mean weird because they’ve been touring and making music for years and have a record deal yet they sound so…new. And young and I can easily see why many of my friends like them because they give off a teenage feel with their sound and more importantly, their lyrics. ultimately I’m not yet sure whether I like The Front Bottoms or not just yet since there are a few things about them I just can’t overlook.

With many bands, the vocals have to be proper and reel listeners in but above all, they have to be in tune. The front Bottom’s vocalist isn’t, throughout the whole album, in tune. It took everything in me not to start banging my head against my computer to help with how uncomfortable the singing made me. This type of singing only works during concerts and not recordings because with concerts, as long as you’re saying the lyrics no one cares but it matters when the song is being recorded. Moreover, I found that on top of bad vocals, some of the tempos in songs, especially in The Feud, are too fast for the vocals so everything just crashes and burns a merciless death. I also hate the build-ups in songs like Swear to God, the Devil Made Me Do it where there’s such a great build-up that just disappears into thin air without any sort of release. WHY MUST YOU DO THAT, FRONT BOTTOMS? WHY?! Ugh, that shit ain’t cool.

Moving on, I did like a few things about these songs with one of them being the nicely executed guitar riffs and solos that are presented in Swear to God, the Devil Made Me do it, Twin Sized Mattress, and Tattooed Tears. What makes me believe that this album is directed mostly if not completely towards my age group are the lyrics about having to grow up too fast and needing a friend as well as helping a friend out with lyrics like, “You stopped by my house the night you escaped/With tears in my eyes, I begged you to stay/You said, “Hey man, I love you but no fucking way”/I’m sure that we could find something for you to do on stage./Maybe shake a tambourine or when I sing, you sing harmonies.” (Taken from, Twin Size Mattress) Remember that friend that helped you out a shit ton? Because I sure as fuck do.

Overall, Talon of the Hawk by The Front Bottoms isn’t a bad piece of work. If anything, I think that a lot of teenagers and twenty-one year olds will love this and remember all those times that shit has happened but someone was there for them. I recommend this to anyone who likes this genre or are looking for some really great lyrics. My favourite songs are: Twin Size Mattress, Peach, Au Revoir (Adios), and Funny You Should Ask. 

3 Sexy Treble Clefs
3 Sexy Treble Clefs

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

1. Au Revoir (Adios)-1:51

2. Skeleton-3:41

3. Swear to God, the Devil Made Me Do it-3:36

4. Twin Size Mattress-4:26

5. Peach-3:11

6. Santa Monica-4:11

7. The Feud-3:16

8. Funny You Should Ask-3:36

9. Tattooed Tears-3:56

10. Lone Star-3:53

11. Blackflip-3:51

12. Everything I Own-3:46

Don’t Panic By All Time Low

Don’t Panic By All Time Low

Record Label: Hopeless Records

Genre: Alternative

Release Date: Oct 9, 2012

Songs: 12

All Time Low is an American pop punk band from Timonium, Maryland, a suburb of Baltimore, formed in 2003. The band consists of vocalist and rhythm guitarist Alex Gaskarth, lead guitarist and backing vocalist Jack Barakat, bassist and backing vocalist Zack Merrick and drummer Rian Dawson. The band’s name is taken from lyrics in the song “Head on Collision” by New Found Glory. Currently, the band have Two EPs: The Formation and The Party Scene. And four albums: So wrong, it’s right, Nothing Personal, Dirty Work, and Don’t Panic. 

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

1. The Reckless And The Brave-3:18

2. Backseat Serenade-3:21

3. If These Sheets Were States-3:19

4. Somewhere In Neverland-3:45

5. So Long Soldier-2:49

6. The irony Of Choking On A Lifesaver-3:37

7. To Live And Let Go-3:43

8. Outlines3:35

9. Thanks To You-3:35

10. For Baltimore-3:11

11. Paint You Wings-3:40

12. So Long, And Thanks For All The Booze-3:09

(My Opinion)

All Time Low never fails to impress me. I mean, the same four guys for almost ten years, releasing great music annually  and going on tours 24/7? Almost unheard of in the music world. The lyrics are catchy (like always) and the melody is beautiful. Rian does an awesome job keeping the songs at a perfect speed while Jack and Zack do a great job bringing out Alex’s awesome voice. After the disappointment Dirty Work brought, I for one can say that I wasn’t looking forward to this album but I’m happy I bought it because it’s great. All Time Low is back and with Hopeless Records once again (Finally).

Even though All Time Low is back with the poppy punk music they are known for, there are a few songs that prove that they’re still learning and trying to go back to their old groove. On this album, there are two songs that I don’t like because they are both very repetitive and get really boring after a while. The Irony Of Choking On A Lifesaver is one of their crazy songs that is supposed to be full of humour (in my opinion) and I think that the guys missed their goal with this one. The whole song sounds disorganized like the band is playing one song that should have been two completely different songs. The song is also shallow and boring within the first minute listening which kind of sucks. I also don’t like Backseat Serenade not because of the guest vocalist but because I just don’t like it. Like I’ve said before, it’s a bit annoyingly repetitive without anything that I could hold on to. I wish the band put in more solos to spice up this album a bit.

The message this album gives off always makes me smile because its classic ATL about living in the fast lane and having fun because people who don’t believe in you don’t matter. For most of the songs on this album, the band comes together as a whole and just all around compliment each other, Alex’s vocals are amazing and keep up with the speed that Rian sets while Jack and Zack out together a beautiful melody that’s not only catchy, but kind of amazing as well. I also love most of the lyrics because they’re so light and open enough to be an interest for all music lovers yet they are full of meaning at the same time. Jason Vena and Alex Gaskarth should do more duets together because they compliment each other perfectly. It took me a while to even notice that there are two different voices singing in Outlines because they sound so good together.

Overall, All Time Low knows what they want and what their fans need from them. A great album from a great band that I recommend everyone to give a listen to. Currently, I am in love with three songs on Don’t Panic and they are: To Live And Let Go, The Reckless And The Brave, and Paint You Wings. An album that’s about being young and ‘long live the fast times’ that make us who we are.

4 Sexy Treble Clefs