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This could be their day
Posted February 02, 2008
By Nathan,


Whoever dubbed Addison Road for tobyMac fans I don't think have heard Addison Roads self titled debut, and none of the comparisons to either the Fray or Swicthfoot is very accurate. However their first album is a fun up-beat light rock/pop album which is a blast at times.

The Jenny Simmons fronts the band, and her voice is very nice. The first song "this could be our day" has a infectious tune, and makes for a great lift off song for the band. "all that matters" is a fun poppy song as is "sticking with you", both songs are upbeat but are nothing new to the music world. Track five "start over" starts slow, then picks up its pace to be a light rock song, then it picks up again; at the end of the song it is very solid.

Perhaps the reason that Addison Road is compared to tobyMac is the song "It just takes one", which at its core is punk/pop but with just a hint of hip-hop thrown in. "always love' is good, and "Casualties" has a very fast paced feel to it, and is one of the prizes of the album. The final songs "run" and "what do I know of holy" are mainly softer songs, but the whole album is pop/rock.

Addison road, sadly, does not progress past most of their peers. Most of their songs have positive messages but are not that deep, like "run" and "all that matters". The song "casualties", however, is a gem, Addison Road should get high marks for writing it, as it's a perfect song about the American dream and how it can end as a nightmare. "start over" and "always love" have pretty self stating titles which are just expanded upon in the song.

A bunch of catchy tunes and a few exceptional songs both lyrically and musically, but Addison Road does no trail blazing on their debut album, but it's a fun album regardless. Watch this band progress.

Thanks to Mr. McNeese for his advice and encouragement, and to him and the NRT staff for the resources to write this review.

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