The fourth increment if Fearless Records Punk Goes Pop series recently was released and I must say, I wasn’t overly impressed. Punk Goes Pop 3 was better.
It wasn’t that they all were bad, but some could have been much better. Like All Star Weekend’s cover of “Yeah (x3)”. Though I have to say, it may have been better had they just not covered that song. IT feels like the only lyric was “Yeah”. That’s not a song. The worst, however, had to have been For All Those Sleeping’s cover of “You Belong With Me”! The butchered that song, the words “you belong with me” should never be screamed like that! It sounds almost demonic, or like a threat the way he screams it. That’s simply not right.
The album isn’t all bad though, there’s a few great covers too. There’s Go Radio’s cover of “Rolling In The Deep”, as its beautifully done and Jason Lancaster expresses the true beauty of the lyrics well. There is also Pierce The Veil’s cover of “Jus The Way You Are”. There’s just something about Vic’s voice singing this song that just makes me smile.
My favorite is the Sleeping With Siren’s cover of Cee-Lo Green’s “Fuck You”. The beat and the way its sung was very fun and catchy. Plus, I really enjoyed the way Kellin Quinn sings the words “fuck you”, especially at the beginning of the song. He sounds as though he’s smiling, and its overly perky. That made it very amusing.
Because I like about half of the songs, I think I’m going to have to give this album three stars. It could have been better, but I’ve definitely heard worse.
When I heard Nikki Sixx had a new band, I thought he would fail. I figured he was past his time, and wouldn’t make a comeback. Boy, was I wrong!
The first track I heard was, “Lies Of The Beautiful People”, which is about what beauty really is. More people should hear this song, as too many are vain and think beauty is only skin deep. “Well, if you think real beauty’s on the outside, well that’s a far cry from the truth.” Its so real and true, more people need to believe that.
Every track is great, all of them are very deep and well written, but my absolute favorite is the title track, “This Is Gonna Hurt”. I don’t really have a reason for it, its simply catchy.
Ladies and Gentlemen, you can make a comeback. Nikki Sixx is clearly back and doing great. I give This Is Gonna Hurt five stars, its got everything going for it. Great lyrics, vocals and instrumentals.
Their lyrics are good, very well written and the instrumentals sounded great. My only problem is his voice! He sounds like an auto tuned child. Its uncomfortably high pitched, in my opinion. First time I heard it, I’m pretty sure I cringed.
I did like how they combined five short songs into a ten minute song as the first track. They flowed together well, despite the fact that its five different songs entirely.
What I especially liked was a line in, “Let It All Go”. “You know that I love you, and I can’t stand living without you, but I don’t know what now I can do. (Oh no no), You gotta do something, ‘cause you can’t just keep it inside you. Its killing me, and killing you.” It speaks of a real relationship, where there’s a connection between the two people, but also pain.
If you can get past his voice, you can enjoy some beautiful and deep lyrics. I liked every track, I just hated his voice.
Because everything other than his voice is good, I give Daybreak four stars. One is missing because, frankly, his voice sucks!
I had heard about Bayside, but I never actually listened to them, so I decided to listen to their 2011 album, Killing Time. I was actually slightly impressed. One of my first thoughts was to think the lead singer sounded a lot like Anberlin’s singer.
While I have nothing to compare it to, because I have only heard this album, I’d say it’s a decent album. I can’t say if its their best or worst, or anything like that, but its not bad. The lyrics are good, but they feel as though they’ve been done before. I can’t quite place it, but vocally I’m reminded of Anberlin, and vocally I’m reminded of Hawthorne Heights on songs like, “Mona Lisa” and a few others.
I’m not saying it’s a bad album, just a tad bit unoriginal if you ask me. The only tracks I was really impressed with were “Already Gone” and “Sick, Sick, Sick”. I don’t even have a real reason for that, I just preferred those two.
I give this three stars, because its not incredible, but at the same time, it doesn’t totally suck.
While this album does stand out from the other two albums by You Me At Six, I
still wasn't blown away.
None of the tracks are necessarily bad, thoough I don't care much for "Loverboy". Just none of them are greatly impressive to me. That is, with the exception of "Bite My Tongue" featuring Oli Sykes from Bring Me The Horizon. I first listened to the song because I was suprised they'd bring Oli into one of their songs. That is also my favorite track, I feel Oli's screaming is a nice contrast to their pop-punk sound.
The only song I seriously dislike is "Little Death". The music is good, I'll admit, but the message they appear to be giving out is awful. "We are not your lovers, we are not your friends. Fuck what you believe in 'cause this is the end." Seriously? What kind of message is that, You Me At Six? People should always believe in what they believe in, without that we have nothing! Terrible message there, absolutely terrible.
I'm not saying, however, that the rest of the songs aren't good, I just wasn't overly impressed. It all sounded as it I've heard it before, I just couldn't place where I had heard it. Don't just take my word for it though, listen to the album yourself. You may have a different opinion than me.
I don't feel this album is worth buying, it feels like they could have worked harder on it. I give this album two stars, because some lyrics are better than others, and it does have
one song I do really like.
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