The energetic Ghostie kicks off the album. The fast-paced energetic punky rock & roll song sets the tone in a way that is typical for this band. All the instruments are tight and work together really well, while the vocals are excellently incorporated in the song to bring everything alive.
The Hit could indeed be a hit, as it has a perfect radio format. It’s catchy and uptempo and it has a danceable beat to it. Fans of the punkpop genre will embrace this song right away and powerpop fans will too. It ranges somewhere between Simple Plan, Bowling For Soup and American Hi-Fi when it comes to the sound, though maybe it’s even more commercially attractive.
Punish Or Privilege
I enjoyed Punish or Privilege. It’s a short but catchy song that I would love to hear live. Sounds like a good set opener to me.
Maybe I’m Wrong
Maybe I’m Wrong is a little slower paced and the guitars (in combination with the drums) create an interesting sound that once again slightly reminds me of American Hi-Fi’s slower-paced songs.
Somewhere In The Dark
This is the best track on the album. With a bit of new wave influences (Elvis Costello/Joe Jackson, etc.) in the sound this is a very sophisticated pop song, musically. And the band digs deep and gets out the very best in this song. The more serious punk fans are gonna find this way too poppy, but I believe it to be one of the band’s strongest songs.
Just Say Yes
The album continues with the alternative sounding title track. The synth and drum loops in the song give it that character. The composition of the song makes it very danceable and the enthusiasm of the band rubs off on the listener.
How Does This Happen?
The powerful poppunk song How Does This Happen? sounds great. It’s another serious radio single candidate and it also is something you’d hear in the next American Pie movie (they’ll probably make another 100 sequels for that anyway). Fans of Simple Plan and the likes should be interested in this. I think I favor How Does This Happen? over Simple Plan though.
Get Off My Train!
Get Off My Train! is slightly harder and has more distortion and effects. Punchline does this without losing its catchy nature and when they put this thing in overdrive you just can’t help but move along.
Developing You, Camera
This is the sole song on the album that I wasn’t able to really be highly enthusiastic about. It has a bit of an American Hi-Fi/Bowling For Soup sound again, but it can’t really reach that level. It’s too ordinary in some aspects and it doesn’t have the enthusiasm in it that most of the other songs have.
My White Collared Shirt
My White Collared Shirt is a soundtrack song, it absolutely is. Pick any movie that features this genre of music, and the music department would be stupid not to include this song. It just fits perfectly. It has the right amount of spunk and catchiness and it has the right sound to perfectly highlight certain parts of certain movies.
The Other Piano Man
This song is also contending for being the best track on the album. The danceable, up-tempo powerpop song features piano (Duh!) and some very cleverly placed riffs. The faster pace works towards giving the song extra body and the vocals are in perfect balance. If we were living in the 70s I’d say “Groovy Baby!”
Castaway, the album closer with its keys and gentle, melodic nature shows that how musically talented this band is. It’s not necessarily the most creative or inspiring song ever written, but it is performed passionately and professionally. It’s a very good way to end this good album.
Powerpop and punkpop fans should be very happy to have a band like Punchline, because they play this genre better than most of their contemporaries. They’re dedicated and they’re good. Songs like Somewhere In The Dark, The Hit, The Other Pianoman & How Did This Happen? are memorable within the genre and are good songs that are fun to listen to. “Just Say Yes” shows that Punchline indeed is one of the better punkpop bands out there.