The Title - Making a Scene
Record Label: None
Release Date: July 9, 2008
People really like auto-tunes nowadays don't they? It seems that the entire musical scene, from rap to rock, has been littered with bands using the auto-tune effect, and failing miserably at it due to incredibly poor quality and lack of talent. It's hard to pull off auto-tune well, and all-too-easy to screw it up. But when a band can pull this sound off, they do it a lot better then standards would suggest.
And so we come to The Title, five young men from Hoboken, New Jersey set to make a mark on the scene with their "get up and dance" attitude and their undoubtedly catchy brand of auto-tuned/electronica power-pop on their debut album, Making a Scene. When starting to listen to any one of their songs, it's instantly recognizable that these men have an ear for infectious melodies and catchy choruses. The thing that brings this entire package to a close is the excessive use of auto-tune. Lead singer Nick Eposito uses the tool almost perfectly; he isn't using it to make his voice better, but to add an effect to his music. That is the right way to pull off auto-tune: for sheer effect, not for corrections.
Although some of the band's songs come off as a bit morose in their lyrics, such as in "The Last Song" where Nick Eposito sings "You sleep with your heart broken / Both eyes shut and no words spoken." These lyrics normally come off as the beginning of a bad Good Charlotte song, but due to the electronic glitches and the dancey rhythms, it's hard to feel sad when the music feels so good.
This is where the band's greatest strength comes into play: every single song on the album feels good; you can't help but smile, or feel like singing along to the catchy sounds the record presents. This band has created the best summer-listening album possible, where every song makes you feel upbeat, and doesn't let you feel like coming down. Something also impressive about the album is the quality of production: even though it was a self-produced album, Making a Scene sounds as if it was done in a large professional studio paid for by a major label.
If you're looking for something deep and thought provoking, this album might not be for you. But if you're looking for bouncy, light rhythms and catchy, infectious dance tunes, this record is definitely tailored to fit your needs. Don't listen to this CD if you don't want to hear people having a great time making music they love while "Making a Scene" on a dance floor. Because that's all you will find on this album, and you'll love every second of it. Definitely a band that have a very bright future and the musical strength to carry on whatever may come there way - which, determined by this debut, is going to be a lot in the near future.