Friday, April 26, 2013

Five Song Friday - April 26th

The crazy amount of releases has been slowing down in the last few weeks (thankfully for my school work), but I have still found some new music and revisiting some old favorites. Here's the songs I've been listening to this week!

  1. Recovery - Frank Turner
    I only had "I Am Disappeared" by Frank Turner before his new album, Tape Deck Heart, released this week. I gave some of the songs a listen, and found I enjoyed quite a few, including "Recovery". It's upbeat, it's very catchy, and it's British. What can be better than that? In all seriousness, (although I was serious about that last statement), it is a really great song, and makes me want to listen to more of his work. I also love the contrast from the beginning, where it's acoustic, to the sudden explosion of drums and electric guitar, creating a vibe like the Dropkick Murphys. Worth checking out; after all, it's free on iTunes right now! 4/5
  2. Young Volcanoes - Fall Out Boy
    This is one of the more catchy songs on Fall Out Boy's new album, Save Rock and Roll, and one of my personal favorites. The clapping and vocals in the beginning had me hooked from the first listen, and I began to listen even more intently because of it's significant difference from Fall Out Boy's previous style. It's also one of the more "calm" songs on the record, leaning almost towards being acoustic. The vibe of the song shows that the band definitely had fun making this song; you can't help by want to clap and sing along. I can almost see it being sung around a campfire. Go look it up and listen! 5/5
  3. Nothin' But A Good Time - Poison
    There's something about the end of school and summer weather that makes me think of this song. It's a great song from a great era of music, one that I wish I could have been around to witness. The energy of this song makes you want to grin and jump around dancing, there's no doubt about it. And it's incredibly catchy, seeing that it's still being listened to 30 years later. I'm also a sucker for 80's guitars and guitar solos; it always amazes me what these guys could do on that instrument. It's also amazing how simple some of the chord progressions are, but how fantastic they sound. I'll always appreciate classic 80's rock n' roll. 5/5
  4. Be The Young - Yellowcard
    This song is only a few years old, but one of my absolute favorites by Yellowcard. Something about the sound catches my ear in a way that only a few songs do. It's driving, yet melencoly; it doesn't make you want to cry, but cruise on a summer night and feel the cool air on your face. You want to nod your head along to the beat and scream out the lyrics. It's a total summer song, and I'd even say it has a high-school feel to it, although I still love it now. The whole song keeps the energy going, from the opening explosion of sound to the last fading guitar chord. 5/5
  5. Light It Up - OneRepublic
    I'm still listening to OneRepublic's new album, Native, and this is one of the many songs I really love off of it. Ryan Tedder's falsetto is the highlight; his voice just soars over the rest of the track. Also, as in the rest of the album, the drums are the driving factor of the song; they just continue to groove and push the song. The bridge is my favorite; it takes the song to a whole new level of epic. The descending guitar/synth line is spectacular, it brings you down and takes you up again in a flight of musical wonderfulness. 5/5 

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Save Rock and Roll - Fall Out Boy

The music world went berserk when Fall Out Boy took it by storm and announced their comeback. Many fans rejoiced, some were weary, but all waited in anticipation for the new album, Save Rock and Roll, to be released. The first single,  "My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)", was a huge hit with some and a disappointment to others. I personally loved it and the direction it indicated. The same can said for the second single, "The Phoenix", which further reflected a direction change that was much different than what Fall Out Boy had attempted before. Each release made my excitement build, and it was finally satisfied last week when FOB streamed the album on SoundCloud. I listened once through, and then waited to download my own copy this week. I was impressed.

First off, I feel like I need to establish this before I get into the album; despite it's name, it is not rock and roll in sound. However, this album is absolutely rock and roll in spirit, because rock and roll started as taking risks and not just aiming to please the fan. FOB made this album because they wanted to, and not to satisfy the fans. They made it in secret, without outside influence, and that makes it completely their own. The result is a wild musical ride.

It opens with "The Phoenix", a ferocious and explosive track that sets the bar. It's fast, it's an anthem, and its got Fall Out Boy written all over it. It has soaring strings, it has driving beats, and Patrick Stump sings his heart out. This vibe is continued in "My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)", which is an intense and driven song for Fall Out Boy; so much so that it took me off-guard when I first heard it. It almost has a Kanye West/hip-hop style to it, which continues throughout the album. "The Mighty Fall", for example, is heavy with hip-hop sounds and even features Big Sean, who adds a rap at the bridge. The song itself is a nice mix of rock and rap, with a gritty guitar line over claps and big beats. There's also this odd, Nightmare-Before-Christmas-theme going on in the intro and after the chorus. It's sleigh bells and a children's choir singing  "la la la". It's a little creepy, but works within the song. Rap is not the only other genre that FOB dabbles in, however; songs like "Miss Missing You",  "Alone Together", and "Where Did The Party Go" display more of a pop influence with sound and the addition of more synthesizers. There's also some more acoustic influence at well, with "Young Volcanoes" being mostly acoustic guitar and drums. FOB even goes as far as to throw in a few electronic wobbles in "Death Valley", which fits the song quite well.  They were not afraid to explore genres that they never had touched before with this album.

Some other elements I enjoyed were little things I noticed throughout the album. One thing in particular was the bass line in "Where Did The Party Go", which started off the song and kept the groove up until the very end. As cliche as it sounds, the song is a great party song, with a lot of energy and fist-pumping beat to keep you moving. Another interesting part of the album was the introduction of "Just One Yesterday", where the vocals sounded almost exactly like "Rolling In The Deep" by Adele. It caught me off guard at first, but I came to like the song.

Now, their guest choice was interesting when it was revealed to the world. As I already stated, Big Sean made an appearance, which completely fit the song. Foxes was featured on another song, "Just One Yesterday", which is a solid fit as well even though I've never heard of them. The other two guests surprised me the most though; Courtney Love, and Elton John. I was not impressed with Courtney Love's guest spot, which brought down the quality of the song, "Rat a Tat", in my opinion. All she did was rant about politics and war, which is not a problem in itself, but I don't think it fit the song. On the other hand, Elton John's guest spot was absolutely fantastic on the title track. Thanks to his part and the instrumental of the song, it has an epic sort of sound to it. The vocals make it, with the back and forth between Elton and Patrick, and how both soar to great heights and have such passion when they sing. Another aspect of the song I enjoyed was the lyrical reference to one of their first big hits, "Sugar, We're Going Down" when they sing "I will defend the faith, going down swinging". The song builds and falls perfectly, and is easily one of my favorites off of the album.

Overall, I was definitely impressed by the album. It was bold, it was risky, but it paid off well. I loved the secrecy and huge response to their comeback; it built the hype for the album high, but the record easily matched it. It may not have been perfect, but it was still very well done.

Rating: 4/5

The Phoenix - 4:05 (5/5)
My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light It Up) - 3:09 (5/5)
Alone Together - 3:23 (4/5)
Where Did The Party Go - 4:03 (4/5)
Just One Yesterday (feat Foxes) - 4:05 (4/5)
The Mighty Fall (feat Big Sean) - 3:33 (5/5)
Miss Missing You - 3:31 (4/5)
Death Valley - 3:47 (5/5)
Young Volcanoes - 3:25 (5/5)
Rat a Tat (feat. Courtney Love) - 4:03 (3/5)
Save Rock and Roll (feat Elton John) - 4:41 (5/5)

Friday, April 19, 2013

Five Song Friday - April 19th

Another week has passed, and more music has entered the world! Check out the new songs I've been blasting all week.

  1. Ain't It Fun - Paramore
    This was one of my favorite songs from Paramore's latest album. The vibe and energy of the song is fantastic, and it goes in different directions than Paramore's previous work. I absolutely love the intro, starting with the vibraphone line blending into the guitar riff. The whole song makes you want to dance around your room and sing to the mirror with a hairbrush in hand. It's definitely groovin'; the type of song you can't help but nod your head back and forth to. The real kicker in the song is when the gospel choir comes in; that made me smile and act giddy. It fit so perfectly, and pushed the song to an even bigger sound. Definitely a great song to check out if you want to know where Paramore is headed. 5/5
  2. Radioactive - Pentatonix & Lindsey Stirling
    These guys have such amazing talent. They are unbelievably good, and especially after seeing them live in concert, I have been itching for new music. I discovered through their Facebook page, that they had finally released their cover of Imagine Dragon's "Radioactive", and immediately bought and downloaded it. They had already released the music video for the song, so I knew how epic and fantastic it was. I love their a capella sound, but I also especially love the fact that they found a way to utilize Kevin, their beat-boxer, and his skill on the cello. He and Lindsey Stirling add such a new level of musicality to the song, and take the original and blast off even higher with their dazzling harmonies and explosive voices. My favorite part has to be the drop from the bridge into the last chorus; it gives me shivers when I listen. Such ferocity, such passion. I am in love with their version, and highly recommend it to anyone who likes music. 5/5
  3. Ready To Go - Limp Bizkit
    No matter how many people hate on Limp Bizkit, I always enjoy their music. Yes, it's not groundbreaking. Yes, it's not always the most creative. It's fun, it's loud, and it's rock. Sometimes music doesn't need to always be so mind-blowing and off-the charts. Sometimes all you need is some good old Fred Durst yelling for "the world to shut up and kiss his butt" (I'm paraphrasing just a little). I grew up listening to Limp Bizkit, so I will always be inclined to like their material. This song in particular is their first release since they signed with Lil' Wayne's label, Young Money. I was curious to see how that change would affect their sound, but it didn't in the slightest. Limp Bizkit is the same as they ever were; getting in your face with Durst's singing/yelling, grungy guitars, and rockin' beats. I personally love it, and always look forward to new Limp Bizkit. 5/5
  4. The Mighty Fall (feat. Big Sean) - Fall Out Boy
    Fall Out Boy definitely took some risks with their latest album, this song being one of them. It's hip-hop oriented, and even features Big Sean, a prominent rapper in the current scene. I love the guitar riff from the verses; it's gritty, it's rock and roll, and it completely fits with the hip-hop swagger within the song. It's still odd how FOB seemed to draw upon Kanye West's style for this song and a few others, but it works very, very well in my opinion. Definitely one of the best songs off the album, worth checking out. 5/5
  5. Death Valley - Fall Out Boy
    This is another favorite from Fall Out Boy's new album, Save Rock and Roll. It's upbeat, it's got a driving beat, and Patrick's vocals are as superb as always; especially his falsetto part in the chorus. The instrumental has some great contrasts; the verses to the chorus are such a big difference, plus throwing the dubstep wobbles in the bridge? Genius. It was a risk, and I'm sure people didn't like it, but I very much enjoyed it. Overall, the song has a pop/alternative sound, and could definitely be popular on the radio. Check it out! 5/5

Friday, April 12, 2013

Five Song Friday - April 12th

Another week, and some fantastic new music has found its way to me. Check out my picks for this week and see what you think!

  1. Part II - Paramore
    This is my current favorite from Paramore's new album, Paramore, which just released this week. It's a sequel to another one of my favorite Paramore songs, "Let The Flames Begin", and it is awesome. The song rocks just like the original, and the parallels between the lyrics make me smile ever time. It's unique, and I love its edgy nature. It feels dark and gritty, but still incredibly catchy and creative. Definitely worth checking out if you already like Paramore. 5/5
  2. Walking Separate Ways - Conditions
    Condition's new album, Full of War, is another album I've been listening to when I haven't been listening to Paramore or OneRepublic. This song is the album opener, and packs a punch, with roaring guitars and driving drums. The build-up from the bridge back into the last chorus is awesome, making you want to nod your head along. The song rocks, to put it simply. Good for fans of VersaEmerge, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, and This Love. 5/5
  3. Shadow Moses - Bring Me The Horizon
    After discovering Bring Me The Horizon last week, I also discovered this song off their new record, Sempiternal. It is a lot more on the heavy side than "Can You Feel My Heart", with some fantastic breakdowns and screams. I particularly enjoy Oliver Sykes' screams, because he is understandable but is still gritty and raw sounding. The instrumental, combined with his screams, makes for an intensity that fuels the song. A great song for those who like We Came As Romans, Memphis May Fire, and Of Mice & Men. 5/5
  4. Counting Stars - OneRepublic
    In the little time that I haven't been listening to Paramore's newest album, I've been listening to OneRepublic's newest album, Native. This song is one of the many stand outs, and has been repeatedly played over these last few weeks. It's incredibly catchy and upbeat, staying in my head for hours on end. The bridge is especially addictive, making you want to clap along and dance around. Definitely a recommendation for anyone who loves OneRepublic, Maroon 5, and The Script. 5/5
  5. Still Into You - Paramore
    This song is cute. Plain and simple. It's got that Paramore edge, but it's a love song that's down to earth and realistic. It doesn't make these outlandish claims or set-up unrealistic relationship ideals. It talks about how relationships aren't always easy, and how rough patches occur, but that true love endures despite the hardships. And besides, the song is incredibly catchy. It makes you want to run around and just be happy. It's hard to listen and be mad or upset. Definitely worth getting if you're a fan of the band. 5/5

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Paramore - Paramore

I have been anticipating this album for the last few years, especially since Paramore suffered the loss of two of it's original members, Josh and Zac Farro. Seeing that they were the main songwriters for the band, I was very curious to see how the band would adapt.

The result is spectacular.

Paramore, their 4th studio album, is a journey through the last few years in the life of Paramore. Hayley Williams, their fantastic front woman, stated in an interview that this record was going to deal with Zac and Josh's departure. They lost two of the members that they had been with since the beginning, so obviously it was going to reflect in the album. One of my favorite things about this album, lyrically, is how real Hayley gets on some of the songs. "Still Into You", for example, is definitely a romantic love song; however, it talks about how relationships aren't always fun and games, and that love will exist despite hardships. It was so refreshing to hear those kind of ideas packaged in an extremely catchy song. It's upbeat and cheery, but still has a nice alternative-rock sound to it. Another lyrically fantastic song is "Hate To See Your Heart Break", which on of the more mellowed out and relaxed songs on the record; it almost borderlines on a country sound. I discovered in the interview mentioned above that Hayley wrote this song about Taylor York, their youngest member, who took the Farro brothers' departure hard. You can see this in the lyrics, with lines like "There's not a single word in the whole world, that could describe the hurt, the dullest knife just sawing back and forth, and ripping through the softest skin there ever was". It's a very beautifully written song, with Hayley singing as wonderfully as always and her touching lyrics showing such emotion.

My favorite song from the album so far has to be "Part II", which is a sequel (if you can call a song a sequel), to one of my favorite Paramore songs, "Let The Flames Begin" off their second album Riot. Not only is it dark and intense, but it echoes so many elements of the song it follows in. It's almost like Paramore is doing a cover of themselves, but evolved. The chorus has a fire that captivates me; I can't get enough of the song. The contrast between the verse, which utilizes electronic beats, to the full blown chorus with roaring guitars and driving drums, gives me chills.

The Interludes that are spread throughout the album are not only serve as great contrast, but show a musical maturity and expansion that Paramore is trying. They all consist of just a ukulele and Hayley on vocals, and they all have an older sound to them, almost like something from the 20's or 30's. They're also fairly short, the longest being a minute and a half. Even though I love Paramore's alternative-rock sound, I was really pleased with how they pushed themselves out of their comfort zone, on these interludes and throughout the album. They slightly did this on their last album, Brand New Eyes, but it mainly stayed in the same area. With this new album, Paramore tried out various types of sounds and influences than ever before. The pace of most of the songs is a bit slower than some of their previous work, like "Misery Business" and "Let The Flames Begin"; however, this doesn't mean that the record makes you want to sleep. It has such energy, and expands out from the alternative-rock/punk sound that Paramore has perfected over the years. Songs like "Ain't It Fun", "Hate To See Your Heart Break", and "Fast In My Car", show an experimentation that the band tried in different directions. "Ain't It Fun", for example, has a bit of a funk grove going on, and even includes a gospel choir. It makes for a unique song that is Paramore, but is different; it's fun (pun intended). I especially love the guitar riff in the beginning and the drums throughout the track; both make you want to rock out and jump to the beat. Another part of the album that I particularly enjoyed was the large amount of bass guitar present in some of the songs. Songs like "Grow Up", "Ain't It Fun", and "Future" all have some groovin' bass lines, which I always love to hear. Bass guitar is lacking in a lot of current alternative-rock music, so it's always refreshing to hear some good bass.

Now, the album closer. "Future", is another one of my favorites from the record. It begins in a much different manner than it ends. It starts with an acoustic guitar, a high-hat click, and Hayley singing softly and intimately. It's a beautiful sound, and continues for the first 3 minutes of the song. That's another difference about this song, for it clocks in at almost 8 minutes. When it hits about 3:15, you hear some other instruments fading in, and suddenly the song takes off in a completely different direction. The drums crash in, the bass line is gritty and loud, and the guitar line is high and soaring. The song is epic at this point; there's truly no other way to describe it. Even though there's no other vocals after the intro, it is definitely one of my favorite songs by Paramore. It shows that they are not afraid to push their own limits and expectations, and really are looking towards the future.

I have not been able to stop listening to this album. It is truly a masterpiece; I'd dare to say it's Paramore's finest work. It's an absolute blast to listen to, and it's various contrasts create a fantastic listening experience. I know that some people will not like it because it is different than some of Paramore's previous work, but there will always be haters. Change is necessary for a band to continue to stay relevant in the music industry, and in the eyes of the fans. People change, people grow up. If Paramore continued to put out the same record every 2 or 3 years, then their fans would become bored and stop caring. Paramore has matured and gained new experiences, and have expressed it in a way that is real and relatable. I think that this record is spectacular, and I can't wait for more from these wonderful people. 5/5

Fast In My Car - 3:43 (5/5)
Now - 4:11 (5/5)
Grow Up - 3:51 (5/5)
Daydreaming - 4:31 (5/5)
Interlude: Moving On - 1:30 (5/5)
Ain't It Fun - 4:57 (5/5)
Part II - 4:41 (5/5)
Last Hope - 5:10 (5/5)
Still Into You - 3:36 (5/5)
Anklebiters - 2:18 (4/5)
Interlude: Holiday - 1:10 (5/5)
Proof - 3:15 (4/5)
Hate To See Your Heart Break - 5:09 (5/5)
(One Of Those) Crazy Girls - 3:33 (4/5)
Interlude: I'm Not Angry Anymore - 0:53 (5/5)
Be Alone - 3:40 (4/5)
Future - 7:53 (5/5)

Friday, April 5, 2013

Five Song Friday - April 5th

The weeks keep rolling by, and more music rolls into my life as well! Check out what I was rocking this week.

  1. Skeleton - Conditions
    Conditions has kept my interest since finding them, and I was very excited for their second full-length album, Full Of War (for my full review of the album, click here). This song is one of the many stand out tracks, retaining much of their old sound yet revealing a new maturity and experimentation. The chorus is my favorite part; Brandon Roundtree's vocals are top-notch, with a fantastic range and a perfect amount of grit throughout. The song feels dark without being depressing, something else I love about the band. The bridge is also another spectacular point in the song, because it adds such a nice contrast by bringing down the dynamics and creating a point where it feels as if the world slows for a moment. It's fantastic; go buy it and the rest of the album! 5/5
  2. Vices - Memphis May Fire
    I've been finding more and more songs by Memphis May Fire that I enjoy, this being the latest one. It's got some sweet breakdowns, crunching guitars, thumping drums, and throat-ripping screams. I became even more impressed with the band when I discovered that the lead singer does both the singing and the screaming. It takes a lot of talent to do both well, so my respect for the group increased drastically. I also love the lyrical content; I have not personally had experience with alcohol, which is the vice being discussed, but I love that they made most of it ambiguous enough that people can apply it to whatever is controlling their lives and changing who they are. It's a very uplifting song; especially the chorus and bridge, both of which are my favorite parts. The vocals are so well done and melodically beautiful that I want to listen again and again. Definitely a great buy if you like We Came As Romans, A Day To Remember, and Sleeping With Sirens. 5/5
  3. Lego House - Ed Sheeran
    Ed Sheeran is a musical genius. He is writing catchy hits all over the place, from "The a Team" to "Kiss Me". "Lego House" is another that I thoroughly enjoy. It's calming and gets in your head all day. Ed has such a beautiful voice; combined with his creative instrumentals, he will definitely get far in the music industry. His acoustic guitar work is fantastic, ranging from simple strumming to subtle finger picking. This song is a love song, which appeals to the romantic in me. I love certain lines, like "I'll pick you up when you're gettin' down", "Now I surrender up my heart, and swap it for yours"; both make me smile. Definitely a great choice for the romantics out there. 5/5
  4. Can You Feel My Heart - Bring Me The Horizon
    I only had one other song before Bring Me The Horizon's latest album, Sempiternal, released this week. However, I heard this song before the album came out and fell in love. There's certain songs that I become addicted to, and this fell in that category. The synth line found in the opening and choruses of the song is absolutely epic; that's the only way to describe it. I also like that the vocals are actually more of vocals and less of screaming. They get rough, but it adds to the emotion of the song. This track is a new favorite, especially when I'm running. It drives me with it's energy and intensity. The lyrics are also moving, like the line "I can't drown my demons, they know how to swim". For some reason that particular line has stuck with me. It's a great song, and I recommend it to fans of The Devil Wears Prada and Asking Alexandria. 5/5
  5. Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies) - Chris Tomlin
    Chris Tomlin never fails to create beautiful music that lifts up God and praises him. This song is no exception, off of his latest album Burning Lights. It starts off slow, but slowly builds up in a way that gives you chills. His lyrics are the best part, so uplifting and empowering. A constant reminder that God is always with us, and His strength backs us up. The chord progressions may be on the more simple side, but Chris has a way of creating beauty out of simplicity. I love the intensity the song achieves at points, like the bridge, but I also love the moments where it is just the vocals and the acoustic guitar. It's those moments that make the song so spectacular. If you're looking for a great worship song, this is a great place to start. 5/5

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Full Of War - Conditions

I discovered Conditions through AP's 100 Bands To Know In 2011, and fell in love with their 2010 debut album, Fluorescent Youth. It was a slick piece of rock and roll; dark and moody, but not enough to be depressing. They knew when to get gritty, and when to slow things down. When I found out about this album releasing, I was thrilled to hear what they had been working on. I was also slightly disappointed to learn that they were playing at a venue I love going to as I write this review, but I know that a band like this will be around for a while and that I'll have the chance again. Their sophomore record, Full Of War, definitely does not slump; it shines and shows the possibilities this band has in store.

On my first few listens to the record, I was pleased to hear familiarity in sounds and vibes; the band was staying true to the sound they crafted on their previous album. However, as I continued to listen, I began to notice the differences, the maturities. Their sound was similar, yes, but it had evolved. Not only did I notice this, but I found myself liking this album even more than their debut, which seems to be a hard hurdle for bands to overcome; the legacy of their first record. It opens with the fast paced "Walking Separate Ways", which sets the bar high for the rest of the album. Their energy and emotion never fails to make me want to nob my head along and jump around. The vocals are as fantastic as always, which is something that drew me to them in the first place. Brandon Roundtree's voice is unique, having a wide range and being able to weave between grit and smoothness.

While the sound may have evolved throughout, there are still a few songs that definitely could have fit on the first album, such as "Skeleton" and "The Decent of Man". Both are a little more edgy than the rest of the songs, and lean more to the darker side. They also both are great examples of the lyrical diversity of the band. "Skeleton" has Brandon reaching out to someone he knew who changed into someone unrecognizable, whereas "The Decent of Man" (i think) is Brandon calling out an old for falling in with a bad crowd and taking advantage of a girl. This is another thing that makes this band unique; their ability to take subjects not usually discussed in music and making them work.

Now, other songs on the album show a clear change in sound. Tracks like "Best Mistake", "Open Eyes", "Love Elusive", and "Wonderful Lie" all show experimentation and maturity. It takes maturity to try new ideas and sounds as a band; it's much easier to write and play what you know. "Open Eyes" and "Wonderful Lie" see the band taking things a bit slower, and having a more mellowed out tone, especially in "Wonderful Lie". "Open Eyes" draws more on a melancholy tone with a gritty instrumental, but incorporates some gang shouting that wasn't found previously. "Love Elusive", however, takes a turn in the opposite direction with an upbeat nature and a pop-punk sound, especially with the chorus' cry of "Lost love, push shove, feel it in my bones again". It's extremely catchy, and could easily be on the radio. Lastly, "Best Mistakes" is very different in the approach and sound; with a groovin' bass line and drums bringing the song in. It's definitely got a more alternative, pop-punk sound as well, not nearly as dark as the sound from their first record.

One more song I want to mention is "Long Division", which I highly recommend for purchasing. It starts off with a sick guitar line that utilizes echo and delay. Brandon's vocals are the high point of this track, reflecting true emotion that builds and ebbs with the choruses and verses. His voice feels immensely raw and vulnerable. The whole song has a haunting, yet beautiful sound. It's one of my favorites from the album.

Overall, this album is really fantastic. I definitely enjoy hearing the maturity and growth Conditions has gone through in the last few years. This album has, and will be on repeat for a good while in the coming weeks. 5/5

Walking Separate Ways - 3:15 (5/5)
Skeleton - 4:08 (5/5)
Open Eyes - 3:23 (5/5)
Best Mistake - 3:06 (5/5)
Love Elusive - 3:35 (5/5)
Wonderful Lie - 4:01 (5/5)
Every Day Is A New Life - 3:57 (5/5)
The Decent of Man - 3:28 (4/5)
What We Wait For - 3:39 (4/5)
Long Division - 3:32 (5/5)
Not Giving Up....Not Yet - 3:53 (5/5)