These Are The Nights
These Are The Nights is an excellent opener. It starts quite gently with very nice backing vocals at times. The music supports the vocals and the words very well. And the chorus is amazing. Making April builds up this song more and more as the song goes on, and the passionate performance captures the listener’s full attention.
I Wrote This Song
This is something that should be on the radio. I Wrote This Song is pure fun, and the song is catchy, has good energy and makes for one heck of a ‘shouting-along-to-song’. It has a healthy dose of humor and just a very straight-forward, convincing sound that makes my mind go “radio hit!”
The acoustic-based Driveway gets a really musical feel with the addition of keys. Driveway is a song that will probably appeal Dashboard Confessional, Time & Distance and the likes as well as to fans of Acceptance, Augustana, Nevertheless and others. It has an alternative feel and a mainstream feel at the same time. Not to mention it is one of the best tracks on this album.
All Of Yours
The piano ballad All of Yours is one of the songs where you can really hear how good this band is. With basically a stripped down song it all comes down to the music and the emotion in the music. And Making April shows they know what it’s all about. All of Yours is a song that is pure class and if you listen to the lyrics, you’ll see that these guys are great songwriters too.
Chase You Down
The album continues with Chase Me Down which follows perfectly after All of Yours. The melodic song has an intimate, gentle feel to it, and it’s a song you really listen to. This band is a group of excellent musicians and balladeers and they know how to make and perform a great song. Chase You Down is yet another very good example of that.
Roses & Butterflies
And we now arrive at the highlight of the album. It’s hard to believe this band was going to get any better. But with the catchy uptempo Roses & Butterflies this band has gold in their hands. It’s a great album song, a great live song, a great song that could be played stripped down, but the version’s already perfect as it is. And if someone would release it to radio, it’ll be a guarantee for a big breakthrough, whatever location it may be.
Jump In is another typical Making April song. Catchy, uptempo and a combination of acoustic based rock and piano rock. I can’t sit still on this one, so I’ll jump in. And so will you if you hear this song. So Making April, if I ever get a chance to see you guys live, I’d request this song on the setlist. The passionate, energetic performance is just addictive and it gets better, this isn’t the end of the CD yet.
The title track, Runaway World, is actually a little different. It has an interesting and refreshing sound, with excellent vocals and also the drums are perfectly positioned throughout all of this song. It’s a song that grows, and that grows on the listener. The build up is very cool and the lyrics are pretty clever too. Making April continues to impress.
Hurry Up And Wait
Originally not on the CD, but it was added on the re-release. Hurry Up And Wait is an anthemic song with a beautiful arrangement. Making April has again presented us a song that is rich in sound and melody, with great musical skills and very good vocals.
Runaway World [Acoustic]
The album ends with an acoustic, stripped-down version of the title track, which is in nice contrast with the full version. I might actually like this better. The acoustic guitar gives the song a nice drive and makes it sound a bit catchier. But anyway, Runaway World is just a damn good song.
With an impressive debut album, Making April should be able to pick out their own major label contract. Every label that is unwilling to sign this band is out of its mind. The band knows how to write songs, knows how to market them and most of all, they stand for the excellent music they make. It has passion, energy, and is full of talent. And it is often catchy as hell. A band to keep track of, without any doubt.