The edgy and catchy opener, Simple Life, makes it evident that this is going to be an energy-rush. Simple Life would be a good lead single with it’s catchy chorus and sing-along potential. The relatively fast-paced powerpop song has a good radio format and pleases the ear of fans of the genre.
The album continues with Getaway Car, which has more prominent keys and a pretty nice mainstream powerpop sound. It’s nothing too exciting but it’s done well and with a good pop sensibility, this is another song that could help My Favorite Highway get a large following. And you can’t deny the energy in the song. Very enjoyable.
Bigger Than Love
The band slows the pace slightly on Bigger Than Love which gives more room for the vocals to flourish. Vocally, the band resembles the Fray, and like them, MFH has a good feel for pop sensibility while staying true to their own sound. Probably not the best song on the CD but it’s bound to be another fan favorite.
What Are You Waiting For
What Are You Waiting For is one of the better songs on this debut album. Everything seems to fit and the song has a good rhythm, while the lyrics are among the band’s best. The build-up to the chorus is a little textbook at times, but why should that be a bad thing? Because the band sounds professional and does a great job.
With little hints of Matchbox Twenty in the intro, this edgy pop & roll song is one of my favorites on this album. The music is full of enthusiasm and the songwriting is well-done. My Favorite Highway is in topform on this catchy and potential chart topper.
In My Heart
It would be an ideal radio single, but it doesn’t rank too high in my favorites. The band is trying a little bit too hard on this one. The catchiness and enthusiasm are good and make it a good song to thrive on radio but it doesn’t do justice to the musical qualities this band possesses.
Bittersweet Life is a song where the band shows their skills. Great songwriting and passionate performance bring everything together in this song. The anthemic song has a decent build-up and never ceases to capture your attention. Album highlight!
Walking On A Wire
On Walking on a Wire the band continues to impress. This energetic, alternative pop song is what they do best. In the past few years, bands like The Fray & OneRepublic rose to great heights in a short period of time, and there’s no reason why My Favorite Highway wouldn’t do the same.
The band excells on The Chase with superb vocals and perfect timing throughout the whole song. The changes in tempo and intensity give the song extra depth and are a good example of why this band is causing such a stir among local music fans.
Entertain The Pain
The interaction between the different musicians in the band is great on Entertain The Pain but the song is a little strained at times. I reckon this one makes one heck of a live song, but on the album it loses a little bit of its glory. Good song nonetheless.
The album ends with Steel City which is a very interesting album closer. The piano melody gives this song a great lead-in and the band ends the album on a high note. The softer side of the band comes forward and they do that just as well as the energetic powerpop they portrayed on most of the album.
You could say that “How To Call A Bluff” is a bit cliché in its sound and nothing new, but I tend to disagree. While it can get formulaeic sometimes, the band remains fresh and enthusiastic and the songs are powerfully performed. While there’s room to develop, this is a debut that My Favorite Highway can be proud of.