2. Beautiful Release
3. Another Fool
4. Why Won’t You
7. Run [Piano Version]
Honestly gained national attention with their debut album “Have A Nice Life”. Filled with nice guitar hooks, superb vocals, catchy melodies and an unbelievably mature sound, the band made a name for themselves. They are now ready to release their 2nd album “Ghosts of a Brilliant Past”. Not only does this EP have a great title, it also contains 7 songs that we can’t wait to hear.
The energetic, upbeat Answer immediately sets the mood for the album. With an energy and conviction that slightly reminds me of Acceptance and catchy hooks and crystal vocals, the Answer on ‘is this song good?’ is a most definite YES!
Beautiful Release, couldn’t think of a better description of this song. Where their previous album was slightly poppier, this album is a little more alternative. And this is probably the most alternative song on the disc. It has energy, it’s agressive and the band totally goes for it.
The next song, Another Fool is a little closer to the songs on Honestly’s first album. This song should absolutely be released as a radio single. It has the right feel and even though it’s not the typical CD single song, it is catchy, has great lyrics and signature vocals. And if you take a closer listen to this song you’ll find that every instrument is vital for the song. And short after the 3m mark, when the instruments give way for Rob Attaway’s vocals is a goosebump moment. This song just works amazingly well.
Why Won’t You
Why Won’t You is another alternative rock song with driving guitars and good hooks. “I’m trying to scream so loudly, but you’re not listening”. Lyrics like that show the maturity not only of the band’s music, but also their lyrics. Joe Thibodeau’s drums are excellent on this track and the driving force behind this heavier song. A lot of major label bands in the genre would sell their souls to get this kind of sound.
The driving, passionate sound that is so typical of Honestly comes to a high on Window which is a good balance between the louder, alternative sound on “Ghosts of a Brilliant Past” and the more mainstream sound we heard on their previous disc. But whether they go one way or the other, they excell in both.
The gentle, yet very catchy Stranded makes me think of the Honestly of their last album. The same sensitive yet powerful kind of song and the passionate performance of it. Stranded is Honestly in optima forma.
Run [Piano Version]
Even though there wasn’t really a song on “Have A Nice Life” that could be classified as ‘lesser’ than the others, Run probably wasn’t my favorite. But this piano treat that we get as a bonus track on this EP is a marvelous rendition of an already strong song. You thought you knew how good this band really is, listen!
Where Honestly had already won me over with their debut album, they just confirmed why I am so enthusiastic about this band. Heartfelt lyrics, great hooks, catchy songs and they are not afraid to show their musicianship. You can hear this band is all about the music. The passion in it is great. And because they are all so devoted to what they are doing, it shines through in the songs. Not to mention that Honestly has one of the best vocalists in modern pop/rock. “Ghosts of a Brilliant Past” is another great effort by this promising band.