Band: The Summer Set
Album: Everything’s Fine
Release Date: July 19, 2011
1. About A Girl
2. When We Were Young
3. Someone Like You
4. Back To The Start
5. Must Be The Music
6. Thick As Thieves
8. Mona Lisa
9. Begin Again
10. Love To You
11. Don’t Let Me Go
It’s very rare that I give any band with a sound similar to The Summer Set’s anything over a 3 or 4 as an overall rating. It all tends to sound like the same songs over and over again, and it had begun to get old. But something about The Summer Set has always caught my ears. I went into this album already a fan of this band, ready to hear something similar to their previous release, Love Like This. I knew of the single, “Someone Like You”, that had been on heavy rotation and I was looking at the album as though it was going to be a ton of “Someone Like You”s over and over again. I could not have been any more wrong.
The album starts with a song that, if you’ve been following the band, is a bit familiar as they’ve played clips of it in videos about the album before. “About A Girl” isn’t anything fast like “Chelsea” was to open the album and almost instantly proves their maturity from the last album to this one. It’s a beautiful, melodic, slow song that draws the listener in perfectly. It prepares the past fans for a completely new and evolved band, while still letting new fans in on what they’ve always been about in a mature way. The second song, “When We Were Young”, may just be my favorite on the album. It’s upbeat, fun, and made me want to sing-a-long with it before I even knew all the lyrics. It’s a wonderful blend of youth and heartache that makes me want to drive around in this summer heat with the windows down and this song blasting.
"Someone Like You" is an upbeat, poppy, and perfect single for the band to have released first. It’s an easy song to get stuck in your head and will have you singing it for hours after listening to it, as proven by my coworkers this past week. "Back To The Start" brings the listener back into the slow-tempo that had been prevalent previously, but still maintains the interest of the listener. I think my favorite song on this album however has to be "Must Be The Music". It’s fun, carefree, and a great song to party to with your friends. The lyrics are simple and easy to relate to, making me want to sing every word and bop my head along to the beat. It’s catchy, much like their song off Love Like This called “The Boys You Do (Get Back At You)”, and makes me want to dance, which I don’t get out of much music nowadays.
"Thick As Thieves" is the song that fits but stands out from the rest of the album at the same time. It’s use of the acoustic and electric threw me off at first, and almost made me want to skip it because I’ve heard enough acoustic island-esque songs, but something about this song made me stay and I’m glad. It progresses into a creative and well-written song that uses a wide array of instruments in an up-tempo song that has a wonderful way of saying "I Love You" without straight out saying it. And a breakdown of gang vocals and clapping? My weakness in music!
"Mannequin" and "Mona Lisa" are a perfect break from the happy-music that got you ready to dance around carelessly. While "Mannequin" has a more dance-able beat than "Mona Lisa", I feel like it’s still different enough that it is a break from the rest of the album. "Mona Lisa", however, is the type of song that will make any girl swoon. It’s cute and lovely, easily making a girl want to blush and smile. In fact, I would say it’s almost impossible not to smile while listening to this song. With lyrics like “Cause I’ve never loved anything like I love you. I’d go and catch the moon and I’d drag it down to you, but I know that you’d be brighter anyway..” it’s nearly impossible to not aww at this song and fall in love with it.
The song that follows, “Begin Again”, brings the listener back into the danceable pop-music that The Summer Set has always been known for. It’s a fun song and definitely akin to their first album with it’s beat and lyrics. The perfect track to take the title from, most definitely. “Love To You” brings back the acoustic sound, while still staying upbeat and the love-themed lyrics that The Summer Set are known for. It’s a wonderful way to lead into the beautiful closing track “Don’t Let Me Go”. The song “Don’t Let Me Go” reminds me of something you would hear on the Top 40 radio right between a Taylor Swift and OneRepublic song. It’s use of piano is absolutely wonderful and the song is just so beautiful it’s hard to not fall in love with it.
But that seems to be the thing about this album, it’s a really easy to love album. I would go as far to say it’s nessecary to own for the summer. You see, the last time I felt this way about an album I was listening to Ryan Adam’s “Heartbreaker” for the first time on my first day of college. I know it’s considered blasphemous to compare anyone to this man’s work, but this album makes me feel the same way that one did. It’s a beautiful and wonderful feeling, having an album sit with you for hours after you listen to it and wanting to share it with everyone you know. If they play their cards right, I truly believe this could be The Summer Set’s “From Under the Cork Tree” [Fall Out Boy] or “Fearless” [Taylor Swift].
If you haven’t yet, pre-order their album via their website or pick it up in stores on July 19. Make sure you check them out on the Friday is Forever tour with We The Kings, The Downtown Fiction, and Hot Chelle Rae. Dates can be found here.
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