STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 1338-2006 LABEL: Ardent 8717042 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Jon Tulloch
From the first track on BTR’s new release, you will be struck by the remarkable clarity and freshness of the sound. Uncluttered instrumentation and Hansen-precise vocals bounce through your speakers like an eager salesman with an immaculate suit and a winning smile. Sadly though, this becomes the album’s biggest drawback. Despite some good tracks like “Live For You” and “One More Song” it’s all a little too neat and formulaic. It’s rock and roll with creased jeans and patterned pullovers: ultimately uninteresting. Live, it might be different. A good dose of sweat and some thunderous speakers could really make the songs shine, and I wonder how much better the album could have been with a few of the rough edges and immediacy of live performance left in. As it is though, I have to join the ranks who consider this disappointing after the promise of their last album ‘Amplified’.
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