The Afters are slated to release their highly-anticipated sophomore project on February 26 with Never Going Back to OK. The former Starbucks baristas turned GMA new artists of the year are recording again with producer Dan Muckala (TobyMac, MercyMe, Nick Lachey). With their debut project, The Afters received top attention from their fans and media outlets. The Afters' music appeared as a theme song for a MTV reality show along with being heard on mtvU, ABC Family, and E! News as well as on HOT AC and VH-1 radio along with outlets such as Billboard, BOP and Popstar. They also received a MTVU Woody award, and their song "Beautiful Love" was the most downloaded song of CCM in 2006.
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Don't go back to| Posted February 22, 2009
I really liked the music on this cd. This one features their huge hit "Never Going Back To OK" as well as "Myspace Girl", which is based on a true story. I enjoyed this album but I still like their first cd better. These guys are really fun to see in concert by the way.
Great Sophomore Album| Posted October 28, 2008
A great follow up to their debut album. They have matured alot and have amore polished sound on this album. Nice melodic rock albume with a mix of uptempo and slow songs. I love the title song and the song "Ocean Wide." Also the song "Myspace Girl" is a fun listen. Great songwriting on this album that really makes you stop and think.
Even better than the first.| Posted October 07, 2008
When I first bought this CD I wasn't all too familiar with The Afters. Sure, I had bought "I Wish We All Could Win" and enjoyed it, but I was a bit skeptical of buying this. When I finally picked it up, months after the release, I was blown away.
The album includes the upbeat single "Never Going Back To Okay", but that doesn't define the whole album. The Afters show how gifted they really are: They can get you pumped with "Never Going Back To Okay" and in the very next song, get you into a thoughtful, worshipful mood with "Keeping Me Alive."
Anyways, I reccommend this album. My favorite tracks would have to be Keeping Me Alive, Myspace Girl, Ocean Wide, Falling Into Place, and Summer Again. (Which is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard.)
Who says sophomores suck?| Posted September 16, 2008
I loved the first afters album, and as soon as I heard "Never going back to OK" on the radio I knew this new album would rock!
So, being the avid newreleasetuesday reader I am I went onto familychristian and bought it. $5 and prerelease access!!
The album is brilliant, special mentions go to the songs Never Going Back to OK, Myspace Girl and We are the Sound.
Never Going Back to OK, being the title track means loads of work was done on it, and it shows. The song is one of the few that sticks in your head after the first listen. It talks about how we must not go back to the old 'OK' ways of living, but strive to go for the better life. A good moral story if there ever was one.
Myspace Girl is a true story, put to music, and was featured on myspace for a while. It is absolutely a catchy song (I found myself singing it in lectures at university), and everyone I know who has heard it has said it is a highlight. The song itself is low on any message, but the musical talent the Afters have shines through this song.
My last 'stand out song' is We are the Sound, and what a sound it has! I can see this song being a single from the album, and doing great.
Well what more do you need, go out and buy this album!
Definitely better than OK| Posted August 15, 2008
I have to admit when I first got this album I was disappointed. I left the cd untouched for a week or so, but then I came back to it and listened to it slowly over time. It's really grown on me since my first listen, and I have to say this is a brilliant album. It starts out with a catchy little tune called "The Secret Parade" ,like others, I admit I wish this was longer; because it stops at the climax. But it's still a fun little intro song. Then it moves on into the albums single, "Never Going Back to OK", which is a great song, very catchy and has a great message. Another notable track is "Myspace Girl". It's about their former bass player who met this girl at a fast-food joint and saw her name, then later looked her up on myspace and they eventually got married.(there's more to the story, I just don't have space for it in this review :P)The song has a more teen-pop feel to it, but that just testifies to the Afters diversity in music and is still a good song. On a whole, this album is well written lyrically and musically. I would list all the songs I like on this album, but it's easier to say the one's I don't like. The only one is "Summer Again" which honestly isn't that bad, just not on as high a level as the rest of the album in my opinion. This album is quickly becoming one of my favorites in my zune. So go pick this one up ASAP, you won't regret buying it!
My rating: 9.4
Edit: I now like the song "Summer Again." It grew on me :P.
!!| Posted May 20, 2008
So as amazing as I Wish We All Could Win was, Never Going Back to OK just runs right over it. This is by far one of the best cds on the market. I also love the story of why the song Never Going Back to OK was written.
Never going back to OK| Posted April 22, 2008
I wasn't going to get this CD at first, but I was at the Family Christian Store and they had it as one of their member specials for $5. How could I pass that up? So I listened to it. I love it. A lot. The songs are all really catchy. I think my favorite song is probably Tonight.