Had the chance to indulge in many advances lately (although a couple have leaked and a few more I have reviews for this Sunday/Monday/Tuesday, which are not mentioned here), so I figured I'd jot down my initial feelings on these albums. In case you're wondering. I hope I can score some more sweet advances down the road soon. I'm not Jason Tate or Drew Beringer or even a Julia Conny... but I am striving to be! Maybe if I wear something revealing, labels/bands will fork them over to me... not because of my professionalism, but because of my sex appeal. I am very superficial, FYI.
We Shot the Moon - A Silver Lining: Lush piano rock that's a little bit orchestral and heavy on melody. The perfect kind of music for the fall season, this will likely be a big sleeper hit for pop music fans. Won't be available until this fall, but anyone who digs piano-based rock or anything Jonathan Jones has done... you'll love this to pieces. Dare I say it's better than Fear and Love? I just might.
The Used - Artwork: Like going from super-intelligent humans to monkeys who get excited every time they see their hand move, The Used have gone from being one of the top bands to a sludgy Aiden-like dinosaur of uncreative & dull cock rock. Maybe dumping Feldmann for Squire was a mistake, because the only worthwhile song off this travesty is the first single. Rummaging through the other tracks is simply a waste of time.
Nightmare of You - Infomaniac: Despite the fact this already leaked awhile ago, it's not officially coming out for a few more weeks. I am still a huge fan of this band's self-titled debut, so while this one fails to stack up to it, I still like it a great deal. It does have some boring moments and it's darker in many places, but since it is so different... I guess that's why I enjoy it. Been getting mixed reviews from people, and I can't say it will be a Top 25-er, but every so often, it will be a nice alternative to the jauntier spirit of the debut.
fun. - Aim and Ignite: Yes, this is one more confirmation that Nate Ruess (The Format) is a phenomenal creator of pop music. In 2006, Dog Problems was not only my favorite album to be released, but also one of my favorite pop records in the last ten years. Aim and Ignite is no different, combining everything we miss about the Format with everything we love about Steel Train. Perfect summer music, and easily one of the better pop releases in years.
Farewell - Run it Up the Flagpole: That old-school '90's pop-punk sound has not died just yet, I promise you. Despite people claiming All Time Low are the ones doing it... well, frankly, that isn't true. Farewell obliterate their debut with this album (dropping Sept. 1st), and really make up for all the Warped Tour "pop-punk" that's been cluttering the record store shelves for the past couple years. This isn't an album I was expecting to enjoy this much, but for any pop-punk enthusiast, you might be surprised by this one.
Chuck Ragan - Gold Country: Eric's review hit the nail on the head, as this album is an exceptional piece of honest folk music from a very well-respected musician. It doesn't top Feast or Famine, but this album really knocks it out of the park. Top singer-songwriter record of the year for me. I'm waiting for Ragan to make this generation's Nebraska. I know he has it in him.
Broadway Calls - Good Views, Bad News: As previously mentioned, this is going to be the go-to pop-punk/punk rock record to go to. Hey, I love me some Set Your Goals and all, but while that album gathers loads of praise, this sneaky devil will slowly pull people in through word of mouth (hopefully I can be the main spout). Tons of energy, lots of moxie, and plenty of thoroughly enjoyable fun, Broadway Calls is my band to keep an eye out for this year.
Other releases I am stoked for, but have yet to grab an advance of are: Third Eye Blind, Relient K, Mute Math, Thrice, The Swellers, Strike Anywhere, Brand New, AFI, Moneen, Pearl Jam, Muse and Every Time I Die.
Also, expect me to talk about Broadway Calls and The Swellers a lot. I plan on promoting the hell out of these bands, because they deserve it. There are a few others bands I want people to latch onto as well, but those two are my main focuses because, well, I love their music and what they do.