Never Going Back to OK
Posted July 29, 2008
This was my first introduction to The Afters and it sure was a good way to start. The title track single is what convinced me to buy this album and I'm not disappointed. It starts off witht he Beatles-esque 'The Secret Parade' with great harmonies and sweeping music to make a great intro. My only problem with it is it's way too short. They could've carried it on for another minute and a half at least and made possibly the best song on the album. Instead it just leads into the very upbeat title track filled with catchy vocal hooks and a fantastic beat enough to make you dance. There are a few other similar tracks on the album like 'Tonight', 'Myspace Girl' (overly poppy as you'd expect but a true story about their former bass player falling in love, pretty funny song), and 'We Are the Sound' (interesting vocal affects). I kind of wish they had a few more of those upbeat tracks though because the album bogs down at the end. It softens up a little too much and loses me around the generic 'Forty-Two' and I can't help but feel I've heard the ballad 'Summer Again' before. Starting off strong and finishing weak seems to be a recent trend and I can't say I like it one bit. When will bands learn that an album needs to finish off strong to stay in the listeners mind? Finishing it up with 3 or 4 slower songs does not a great album make.
Gems of this album are: 'Never Going Back to OK', 'Tonight', 'We Are the Sound'
Overall - 8.2/10
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